Neither plant-based products that mimic meat, nor “test-tube meat” grown in cell culture, will replace meat products. These data are provided by the FAO, the world’s main arbiter in the field of food and agriculture.
FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization, part of the UN structure. We know the World Health Organization (WHO) well, and so, FAO is the same global structure, only in the field of food and agriculture. Her decisions are of world significance.
She just released a massive 300-page report on terrestrial animal products and their role in nutrition and health. Given the green agenda and all the food trends associated with it, one would expect the WHO experts to pass judgment on animal husbandry. After all, cows and other animals that emit methane are considered the main cause of the environmental disaster that has been scaring us in recent years. And, as a result, we are all strongly advised to eat less animal products, replacing them with vegetable counterparts. For the same reason, the development of “cultivated meat” – a culture of muscle cells grown in vitro – is now so popular. From the same series and the active imposition of food from insects. Even in regions where arthropods have never been eaten, the mere thought of it causes a gag reflex. It has already been stated that by 2050 such ersatz products should significantly push meat and reduce its use by half.
In 2018, Greenpeace stated that by 2050, humanity needs to reduce the consumption of animal products by 50%. This idea was picked up by many participants in the new “agricultural” revolution. For example, using data from Greenpeace, the influential Rural Investment Support For Europe (RISE) fund has announced these targets as mandatory in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. All this is very serious, the development and production of pseudo-meat is supported and subsidized in every possible way. On the other hand, there are plans to “slow down” animal husbandry and the production of meat products with new taxes, fees and excises.
…and a counter-revolutionary attack
And in such a situation, the FAO releases a simply counter-revolutionary report. It contains a lot of words about the benefits of animal and bird meat, milk and products from it, as well as eggs and other animal food. But the most defiant thing is the words about their indispensability.
“The science behind alternatives to animal products, including plant-based products and cell cultured meats, is relatively new. The available evidence suggests that, in terms of nutritional composition, these foods cannot replace animals.”
Further, the experts clarify that in plant products, made as an alternative to meat and widely available for sale, there is a deficiency of some essential (vital – approx. aif.ru) nutrients and a high content of harmful components – saturated fats, sodium and sugar. In simple terms, all these vegetarian substitutes for sausages, sausages, cutlets and meat are not as good and healthy as ideological advertising paints them. They successfully replace meat products only externally, sham – as in the theater. Also, according to FAO experts, the problem of the safety of cultivated “meat” has not been resolved. Especially if it is produced on an industrial scale.
If meat is killed, then someone needs it
Why are we so aggressively accustomed to the need for a quick rejection of meat under the most seemingly plausible pretexts?
“The idea of moving away from raising animals and replacing meat with something else is not new,” aif.ru says. Deputy Director for Research, Federal Scientific Center for Food Systems named after V.I. Gorbatova Anastasia Semenova. — Back in 1927, the famous English biologist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane first suggested cultivating beef steaks. And in 1931 Winston Churchill in his work Thoughts and Adventures wrote: “We will avoid the absurdity of raising a whole chicken for breast or wing consumption by growing these parts separately in a suitable environment.”
Today, according to various estimates, there are from 90 to 150 companies in the world that have announced the production of cultivated “meat”. The global meat substitute market is expected to reach $4 billion by 2027 and over $11 billion by 2041. A compound annual growth rate of 95.8% is expected between 2022 and 2030. However, in practice, the idea is still far from practical implementation.
All company claims about cultured meat production are just start-ups that aim to get funding for the proposed transition from laboratory production to small-scale industrial production. All research projects on cultured meat have had a very limited scope, and the development of industrial meat technologies in vitro (outside a living organism – approx. aif.ru) continues to be in its infancy. There were no applications for complex research with the aim of starting large-scale industrial production. According to various estimates, it takes at least seven to ten years to develop cultured meat technologies that will be suitable for assessing their safety. Why then so many publications on this topic? The answer is simple – no manufacturer will produce a new product without first creating a demand for it.