Avicultura Industrial – According to information of the journal Food Safety News, researchers at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, have discovered a way to create artificial meat on lab. The artificial foods as well as being able to solve the problem of world hunger, also diminish the impact on the environment by reducing animal suffering. According to Mark Post, leader of the project, the expectation is begin production still in 2012.
Created from the muscle cells, the artificial meat is part of the initiative funded by the Dutch government. The “Post” Group also received an anonymous donation in the amount of EUR 300 000 and its major challenge to figure out a way to produce the product to distribute it on a large scale and reduce the production costs.
The University of Maastricht, however, is not the only place where research on the subject are being held. More than 30 teams of researchers in artificial meat are scattered throughout the world. One is located in Brazil and is led by Dr Vladimir Mironov. The group PETA, which fights for animal rights, also offers a reward of $ 1 million for the scientist who can produce chicken meat in the laboratory until 2016.
Source: Correio do Estado, January 19th, 2012
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Translated by Gilberto Silber Schmidt
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