XPrize, a non-profit organization that provides awards for achieving the required criteria in various fields of science and technology, to stimulate public competition, has just announced a new competition. Literally one week after we learned that one of the restaurants in Singapore will be able to eat meat grown in a laboratory, and more specifically chicken nuggets this year, an initiative aimed at new technologies with a chance to revolutionize the global food industry has started.
The task is not easy, because although the volunteers have 4 years to develop an alternative to meat, their solution is to look, taste, smell, resemble and cook like a classic fish fillet or a chicken breast fillet. They also need to demonstrate that their approach is sustainable and that they can scale it to meet global demand. The competition was inspired by the Future of Food Impact Roadmap report, just published by XPrize, in which the organization points to 12 groundbreaking opportunities that will one day have a chance to become a sustainable global supply chain.
One of them addresses the issue of an alternative protein source, which has been identified as one of the critical needs - according to the authors of the report, we need significant technological improvements, price drops and a noticeable change in consumer habits, all with positive health and environmental effects in relation to the classic protein animal. It seems that laboratory meat perfectly meets these needs, because, as Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO of Eat Just said, on the occasion of introducing this type of meat to Singapore: - In vitro he takes real meat - chicken, beef or lamb, and produces real meat. meat without killing animals. From a single cell, you can create unlimited amounts of meat without antibiotics, without deforestating a single macaw of earth.
The ability to produce large amounts of meat in this way is Arts www because, as the United Nations predicts, climate change will lead to a reduction of 25% of fish catches in the world, which in turn account for 17% of the global demand for animal protein, which may cause some its main source of protein. Registration for the Feed the Next Billion competition will close on April 28 next year and winners can expect $ 15 million to be shared.