The Department of Biotechnology has decided to fund the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and the National Research Centre on Meat for research on cell-based meat.Further,Mumbai has become the world’s first city to host a research centre dedicated to lab-grown meat.
Cell based meat or cellular agriculture aims at creating clean meat. Cellular agriculture is a process in which a small sample of cells is taken from an animal painlessly and then used to grow meat in a manufacturing facility.
There are many environmental concerns arising out of livestock industry and meat consumption such as a) increased use of use of water, food and energy to raise livestock b) large-scale animal husbandry contributing to global warming through greenhouse gas emissions and c) antibiotic resistance.
In 2018,the Atal Incubation Centre at CCMB had partnered with Humane Society International/India(HSI/India),one of the largest animal protection organisations in the country to promote and develop the clean meat sector.
Atal Incubation Centres(AICs) were established with the support of Atal innovation mission(AIM). These centers have been established to nurture innovative start-ups in their pursuit to become scalable and sustainable business enterprises.