Huge Advancement in Artificial Meat Market: Engineered Meat Cells From Spinach Might Accelerate Development of Cultured Meat

Posted On April 28, 2021     

The global population will never cease to rise. In fact, it is increasing at a faster pace with each passing years, and due to this, food scarcity is the biggest problem that would hit the world very soon if something is not done. Therefore, there is an essential requirement for the production of food that is both environment and ethically friendly for feeding the population.

 A group of researchers has thus engineered meat cells from spinach (cost-efficient and environmentally friendly scaffold). This development might help in the advancement of cultured meat and is a huge development for Artificial Meat Market. This is because it might increase the production of cellular agriculture products so that the rising demand for meat products can be met while reducing environmental costs.

The vegetable (spinach) was stripped completely except for its veiny skeleton. The circulatory network so founded helped to be a source that can be used as an edible substrate. The researchers were able to successfully grow their bovine animal protein upon this substrate.

Cellular agriculture might be the answer to producing meat that has the ability to replicate the structure of traditionally grown meat. Besides, the method can also keep water and land requirements to the minimum. This recent study is the first of its kind which displays that decellularizing spinach leaves can be helpful as an edible scaffold so that bovine muscle cells can be grown and developed into the meat.

Researchers revealed that their project was built on the foundation of their previous research that demonstrated that spinach leaves might be able to create heart muscle patches. In 2017, they demonstrated how the vegetable could be used to cultivate human heart tissue. This is because it has a circulatory system that cannot be easily replicated with scientific tools present today. However, instead of using spinach for growing human parts, scientists have now used it to show that it could also be used to grow meat.

The team removed all the plant cells from the spinach leaf, and then, with the remaining vascular framework, they grew isolated cow precursor meat cells. It was noticed that the cell remained viable for about 14 days and differentiated into muscle mass. The researchers noticed that even if their results come out to be successful and positive, it would only lead to further characterization of materials and scientific processes. It is still crucial to explore how consumer demands can be met while building technologies that can accomplish the production of made products on a large scale. The hardest part would be to do all this while adhering to rules and guidelines related to food products  set up by different world governments.

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