Now, “Ahimsa” meat or lab-grown meat to be available in India | Maneka Gandhi advocates “clean meat”

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Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD). -Photo courtesy The Indian Express

The Hush Post: Emphasising the need for change in the pattern of meat consumption in the country, Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi has advocated for lab-grown meat or ‘clean meat’.

The WCD Minister said this while inaugurating a one-day summit ‘The Future of Protein’ where she delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Maneka Gandhi conveyed that current practices in the meat industry and consumption patterns are detrimental to the environment and economically cost-prohibitive, a report said.

“One cow produces 600 litres of methane every year. The gas is produced only in three ways, one of which is from animals cultivated for meat production,” the Union WCD Minister said.

The one-day summit was the Humane Society International (HSI) jointly with Good Food Institute India and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).

Earlier this year, HSI had joined hands with CCMB to announce development and promotion of clean meat.

The report said that the meat in the lab can be made by engineering cells and tissues to multiply and grow as they would within an organism.

In this process, to start with, a sample cell or tissue is required from an animal. Proponents of lab-grown meat have argued that it not only does away with rearing animals in large numbers but also does away with slaughter. Gandhi also said it ensures a supply of meat free from disease.

During her speech, Maneka Gandhi explained that animals reared for meat consume resources essential for humans, mainly the poor. She said lab-grown meat, which has become a reality abroad but remains expensive, is the need of the hour, it was reported.

CCMB Director Rakesh Mishra reportedly said the institution has the know-how but research challenges exist besides, including the need for a scalable-technology and partnership from industries, the report said.

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