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Politics & Law

UK Government Invests £12M into Cellular Agriculture Manufacturing Hub in “Seismic Move”

The UK government has announced an investment of £12 million into a new initiative — the Cellular Agriculture Manufacturing Hub (CARMA) — to help the country lead the world in delivering secure food supplies. Led by the University of Bath, the cell ag hub will help British scientists and companies make cultivated meat at scale. The initiative aims to transform meat production into an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable model in which novel manufacturing systems complement traditional food production. Feeding a growing population The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has funded the Cellular Agriculture Manufacturing Hub. It is the largest single investment the UK government has made into sustainable proteins, as part of £120 million earmarked for R&D …


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Politics & Law

FDA Commissioner Calls Biotech in Food a “Huge Interest” for the Agency, Sparking Anger from US Cattle Industry

During a March 29 budget hearing for the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf made references to climate change and suggested that the use of biotechnology in food (including cell-cultured meat) was an area of “huge interest” that could help mitigate these issues. Califf’s comments quickly sparked outrage from the US cattle industry, who accused the commissioner of inappropriately promoting an environmental policy and endorsing cultivated meat products.  On Wednesday, Califf testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. During the hearing, Representative Julia Letlow (R-LA) asked the Commissioner how the agency plans to coordinate with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on pre-market consultation for reviewing cell-cultured chicken products.  In response, Califf …


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Investments & Finance

CULT Food Science Signs LOI to Acquire Cultivated Pet Food Brand Because, Animals

Updated situation: please refer to this article for further details. CULT Food Science (CSE: CULT), an investment platform focused on cellular agriculture, announces it has signed a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire the consumer brands and formulations of Because, Animals Inc., a cultivated and plant-based pet food company.  According to CULT, the acquisition will join its internally developed pet food brands to form the company’s new Pet Food Division. This Division aims to develop and commercialize cultivated pet food products in collaboration with its portfolio companies, and will position CULT for direct-to-consumer and national retail sales.  Through the transaction, CULT states it will acquire Because, Animal’s consumer brand assets, related patents, non-scientific intellectual property, and product formulations. Because, Animals’ original co-founder Joshua Errett, …