A new Harvard study “90 Reasons to Consider Cellular Agriculture” has been released to provide a comprehensive list of advantages in investing in development of cell-based meats.
The study points out that “cellular agriculture has the potential to address problems of public health, the environment, and human/animal rights at a remarkable scale, positioning it in an unprecedented class truly capable of revolutionizing the world.”
The study considers the health benefits of lab-grown meat, such as eliminating the need of antibiotics, reduced risk of contamination, and allergy considerations, as well as providing proteins to the increasing world population.
The environmental benefits of cellular agriculture are also mentioned: it uses significantly less land and water, emits the fraction of greenhouse gases, and decreases the pollution when compared to traditional farming.
Many aspects of human and animal rights are mentioned in the study, such as injustice and slave labour of workers, the suffering of animals, the danger posed to endangered species due to habitat loss and pollution, and biodiversity loss, all of which can be addressed by switching to cell-based meat production.
The reasons cited in the study also touches the financial advantages of the cellular agriculture industry. More controlled production can not only save money, but also reduces waste, provides consistent product quality, and with the reduced environmental impact it avoids carbon taxes.