Stem cells entering the limelight.
With increased frequency developments of stem cell meat are reported or documentaries shown on television. For those interested, YouTube offers a plethora of videos on the subject. The common denominator of the more recent information is: we are ready to roll!
The process is known, testing has taken place, food safety measures are proven, funds to invest in commercially viable stem cell meat ventures are available. In essence there are green lights for all elements necessary, safe one: the green light of the authorities!
More particularly the ones in Brussels who classify stem cell meat as novel food which requires intensive testing (what exactly is tested?). The estimated test-period is 18 months, most of which time is absorbed by bureaucracy I fear.
It must be that in Brussels the political component overrides all other sensible arguments that nobody in his right mind can be against. But the agri-lobby is stronger. It has vested interests that translate itself in 40% of the EU budget. And therefore is a political heavy-weight
At an earlier stage I mentioned the probable impact stem cell meat will have on the pet food industry. As I also did mention that the availability of fish-based by-products is likely to increase because the global importance of aquaculture is increasing. This may be the current view, not taking into account developments in stem cell fishmeat. If this catches on – and why wouldn’t it? – I guess that aquaculture as a whole needs to be seen in a different light; as does rearing and fattening of landspecies.
Therefore, what has been taken for granted by most in the pet food industry – animal proteins of the right quality and in the right quantity will be available – is no longer a given. If we face a revolution in human food, which I think we do, we need to be prepared to accept that we are heading for a massive change in pet food as well. I see very interesting times ahead of us.