Lab-Grown Meat: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable and Ethical Food System

Russell Kidson
Mar 25, 2023
Updated • Mar 24, 2023

The United States is moving closer to allowing the sale of lab-grown meat made from animal cells, including chicken. Good Meat, the company behind this innovative chicken product, made an announcement on Tuesday regarding its receipt of a 'no questions' letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This letter confirms that the FDA has reviewed and approved the safety of the product for sale in the US. Another company, Upside Foods, received a similar letter from the FDA in November for their meat made from cultured chicken cells.

While receiving the 'no questions' letter from the FDA is a significant milestone, it is important to note that consumers will not be able to purchase lab-grown meat products just yet. Good Meat and Upside Foods must still obtain approval from the US Department of Agriculture before their products can be sold to the public.

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Good Meat acknowledged the significance of receiving the 'no questions' letter from the FDA, stating that it is a crucial step towards making their product available to restaurants and retailers in the US. The company also mentioned in a statement on Tuesday that they are currently collaborating with the US Department of Agriculture to obtain the necessary approvals for their lab-grown meat product to be sold to consumers.

Good Meat promotes its product as 'meat without slaughter,' which offers a more ethical and humane approach to consuming meat. Supporters of lab-grown meat believe that it has the potential to help combat climate change by decreasing the reliance on traditional animal agriculture, which is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Cultivated or lab-grown meat is produced in a vat, similar to the ones used in beer breweries.

Good Meat has announced that once their product receives USDA approval, chef and board member José Andrés will introduce the lab-grown meat at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. At this time, there is no specific timeline for when USDA approval will be granted to either Good Meat or Upside Foods. However, internationally, the approval process is moving at a quicker pace. 

Good Meat's cell-based chicken was approved for sale in Singapore in 2020, and has already been available at various restaurants in that country. Josh Tetrick, CEO of both Good Meat and Eat Just, stated in an email to CNN that it is exciting to bring the concept of 'chicken without slaughter' to the United States, especially after two years of success in Singapore.

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An examination of lab-grown meat

Lab-grown meat, which is also referred to as cultured or cell-based meat, is a cutting-edge food technology that involves producing meat by cultivating animal cells, rather than relying on traditional livestock farming methods. While this approach offers numerous benefits in terms of environmental sustainability, ethical considerations, and potential health advantages, there are also some challenges and drawbacks that need to be addressed and discussed.

The benefits of lab-grown meat

Below we’ll outline the benefits of lab-grown meat. 

Environmental sustainability

One of the significant benefits of lab-grown meat is its positive impact on environmental sustainability. This innovative technology reduces the environmental impact of traditional livestock farming by consuming fewer natural resources such as land and water, and generating lower greenhouse gas emissions. Adopting lab-grown meat can help mitigate the harmful effects of livestock farming on climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity loss, making it a promising solution for promoting sustainability.

Ethical considerations

Animal welfare is a significant ethical concern associated with traditional meat production. Lab-grown meat offers a solution to this concern by eliminating the need for raising and slaughtering animals, thereby providing an alternative for consumers who seek cruelty-free options. This technology offers a promising solution for those who prioritize animal welfare and wish to reduce their consumption of animal products while still enjoying the taste and texture of meat.

Health benefits

Cultured meat has the potential to offer a healthier nutritional profile compared to traditional meat products, with options for reduced saturated fat content or increased beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, it can help prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses, as it is produced in a controlled, sterile environment that minimizes the risk of contamination by pathogens. These benefits make lab-grown meat a promising option for consumers who prioritize their health and safety.

The drawbacks associated with lab-grown meat

The following are a few drawbacks that industries will need to address before lab-grown meat makes it into mainstream culture. 

Cost and scalability

As a relatively new technology, lab-grown meat is still expensive to produce, which may limit its accessibility and widespread adoption. Although costs are expected to decrease as the technology advances, significant investments in research and development are required to achieve economies of scale. 

This will require a considerable amount of time and resources, and it may take some time before lab-grown meat becomes more affordable and accessible to the average consumer. However, as the technology continues to improve and production costs decrease, it has the potential to become a viable alternative to traditional meat products.

Consumer acceptance

Despite its numerous benefits, some consumers may be hesitant to embrace lab-grown meat due to concerns about its taste, texture, and perceived 'unnaturalness.' Public education and awareness campaigns will be essential to overcome these barriers and build consumer trust. By providing information about the safety, sustainability, and potential health benefits of lab-grown meat, consumers can make informed decisions and feel more comfortable trying this innovative food technology.

It will be crucial to engage with consumers, address their concerns, and provide transparent information about how lab-grown meat is produced, so they can make informed decisions about its suitability for their dietary preferences and ethical values.

Regulatory hurdles

The regulatory frameworks for lab-grown meat are still evolving, and the lack of clear guidelines may slow down its development and market entry. Ensuring that the product meets safety, labeling, and quality standards across different countries could be challenging and time-consuming. The development of clear regulations and guidelines for lab-grown meat will be essential to ensure its safety and marketability. 

This will require collaboration between industry stakeholders, policymakers, and regulatory agencies to establish consistent standards that can be applied across different regions and countries. To promote global acceptance and adoption of lab-grown meat, it is crucial to develop regulatory frameworks that foster innovation while also ensuring that the product meets all necessary safety and quality standards.

Lab grown meat is either the future or a niche blemish on society’s history

Lab-grown meat has the potential to offer a promising alternative to traditional meat production by reducing its environmental impact, addressing animal welfare concerns, and offering health benefits. However, there are significant challenges that need to be addressed for it to become a widely adopted and viable option. These challenges include cost, consumer acceptance, and regulatory hurdles. 

As the technology continues to advance, the balance between benefits and drawbacks will likely shift, potentially paving the way for a more sustainable and ethical food system. The continued development and promotion of lab-grown meat will require collaboration between industry, policymakers, and consumers to overcome these challenges and promote a more sustainable and ethical food system.


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  1. Seeprime said on September 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Missing from the “story”: Ukraine’s agreement to never use Starlink for military purposes. This is why.

    Ghacks quality is AI driven and very poor these days since AI is really artificial stupidity.

    1. Karl said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      “Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson forced to ‘clarify’ book’s account of Starlink incident in Ukraine War

      “To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.”

      1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

        I posted above comment to:

        Not to the following article about Geforce where I currently also can see it published:

  2. Anonymous said on September 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Well, using Brave, I can see Llama 2 being decent, but it is still not great?
    All these AI stuff seems more like a ‘toy’ than anything special, I mean, it is good for some stuff like translations or asking quick questions but not for asking anything important.

    The problem is Brave made it mostly for summarizing websites and all that, but all these Big tech controlled stuff, won’t summarize articles it doesn’t agree with, so it is also useless in many situations where you just want it to give you a quick summarization, and then it starts throwing you little ‘speeches’ about how it doesn’t agree with it and then it never summarizes anything, but give you all the 30 paragraphs reasons why the article is wrong, like if I am asking it what it thinks.

    SO all this AI is mostly a toy, but Facebook with all the power they have will be able to get so much data from people, it can ‘train’ or better say, write algorithms that will get better with time.

    But It is not intelligence, it is really not intelligence all these AI technology.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
    Article URL: []

    The eternal problematic of regulating, here applied to AI. Should regulations (interventionism) have interfered in the course of mankind ever since Adam and Eve where would we be now? Should spirituality, morality, ethics never have interfered where would we be now? I truly have always believed that the only possible consensus between ethics and freedom is that of individuals’ own consciousness.

    Off-topic : Musk’s beard looks like a wound, AI-Human hand-shake is a quite nice pic :)

    1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, oh dear, Tom.
      I thought that the comments system issue where comments shows up under a totally different article was fixed. But seeing your comment here, the “error” is clearly still active. Hopefully it is sorted as soon as possible.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        Hi Karl :) Well, let’s remain positive and see the good sides : one’s comment appearing within different articles (the one it was written form and for, another unrelated one) brings ubiquity to that comment : say it once and it’s published twice, double your pleasure and double your fun (“with double-mint, double-mint gum” and old ad!). Let’s forget the complications and inherited misunderstandings it leads to. Not sure the fun is worth the complications though. Which is why, with a few others here, I include Article Title & URL with comment, to ease a bit the pain.

        This said, I’m trying to find a logic key which would explain the mic-mac. One thing is sure : comments appearing twice keep the same comment number.

        For instance my comment to which you replied just above is originally :


        It then got duplicated to :


        Same comment number, which let’s me imagine comments are defined by their number as before but now dissociated in a way from their full path : that’s where something is broken, as i see it.

        First amused me, then bothered, annoyed (I took some holidays to lower the pressure), then triggered curiosity.
        I’m putting our best detectives on the affair, stay tuned.

      2. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

        Hehe, yes indeed, staying positive is what we should do. Good comes for those who wait, as the old saying goes. Hopefully true for this as well.

        Interesting that the comments number stays the same, I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.

        Not useful for us, but hopefully for the developers (if there are any?), that perhaps will be able to sort this comments error out. Or our detectives, I hope they work hard on this as we speak ;).

        Cheers and have a great weekend!

      3. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        Whoops, my bad. I just now realized that the error I saw in your example URL (error-code-0x0003) was part of the linked article title and generated by Geforce! Oh dear! Why did I try to make it more confusing than it already is lol!

        Original comment:


      4. Tom Hawack said on September 16, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        @Karl, you write,

        “I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.”

        I haven’t noticed that up to now but indeed brings an element to those who are actually trying to resolve the issue.
        I do hope that Softonic engineers are working on fixing this issue, which may be more complicated than we can imagine. Anything to do with databases can become a nightmare, especially when the database remains accessed while being repaired, so to say.

        P.S. My comment about remaining positive was, in this context, sarcastic. Your literal interpretation could mean you are, factually, more inclined to positiveness than I am myself : maybe a lesson of life for me :)

        Have a nice, happy, sunny weekend as well :)

      5. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Correct: AI is certainly overhyped, it’s also advertised by some shady individuals. It’s can also be misused to write poor quality articles or fake your homework.

        16 September 2023, this website is still experiencing issues with posts erroneously appearing in the wrong threads. There are even duplicates of the exact same post ID within the same page in some places.

      6. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 8:41 pm

        Clerical error “[It] can also be misused …” you just can’t get the staff nowadays.

        Obviously [#comment-4573795] was originally posted within [/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]. However, it has appeared misplaced within several threads.

        Including the following:

  4. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    “How much radiation is dangerous?
    Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is more energetic and potentially harmful. Exposure to doses greater than 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) in a short period can increase the risk of immediate health effects.
    Above about 100 mSv, the risk of long-term health effects, such as cancer, increases with the dose.”

    This ban is about NON-ionizing radiation limits, because there is too much radio wave power from the iphone. This has nothing to do with the much more dangerous ionizing radiations like X-rays, that are obviously not emitted at all by mobile phones. I invite you to correct your article.

  5. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    “ makes history as the first official UFO website”

    I wonder if it’s just smelly crowdsourcing for the spotting of chinese balloons or whatever paranoia they’re trying to instigate, or if they are also intentionally trying to look stupid enough to look for alien spaceships, for whatever reason. Maybe trying to look cute, instead of among the worst butchers of history ?

  6. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “The tech titan’s defense”
    “Whether he provides a clear explanation or justifies his actions”
    “the moral compass”

    You take it for granted that this company should agree being a military communications provider on a war zone, and so directly so that his network would be used to control armed drones charged with explosives rushing to their targets.

    You don’t need to repeat here everything you read in the mainstream press without thinking twice about it. You’re not just pointing interestingly that his company is more involved in the war that one may think at first and that this power is worrying, you’re also declaring your own support for a side in an imperialist killfest, blaming him for not participating enough in the bloodshed.

    Now your article is unclear on how this company could be aware that its network is used for such military actions at a given time, which has implications of its own.

    Reading other sources on that quickly, it seems that the company was: explicitly asked ; to extend its network geographically ; for a military attack ; at a time when there was no war but with the purpose of triggering it, if I understood well. You have to be joking if you’re crying about that not happening at that time. But today you have your war, be happy.

  7. Anonymous said on September 30, 2023 at 1:21 am

    comments and article dont match

  8. Gerald Brennan said on October 1, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    The writers were on strike?

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