IIT-Guwahati researchers develop ‘meat of the future

  1. Researchers at IIT-Guwahati have developed cell based meat.This will be a step towards cruelty-free food thereby saving the environment as well as the animals.
  2. Cell based meat or cellular agriculture aims at creating clean meat.Cell based meat 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.
  3. Currently,there are many environmental concerns arising out of livestock industry and meat consumption such as (a)increased 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.
  4. Further,due to rapid increase in population,the meat industry has been facing immense pressure in keeping up with the food requirements.
  5. Researchers have also cited the predictions from the UN population prospects which said that the current meat industry will not be able to meet the global needs by 2050.