The Singaporean teenagers were the first to order the lab-grown chicken from Eat Just – here’s what they thought
Last weekend, a group of guests in Singapore became the first in the world to purchase a cell-based chicken meal after the country first approved the sale of the food technology in November. Customers gathered at Singapore’s 1880 upscale restaurant to sample a four-course meal that features cell-based chicken (real meat made from a small amount of animal cells without the need to slaughter a chicken) by the California startup Just eat. Early customers to try Eat Just’s cell-based (also known as “cultured”) chicken included teenagers and teenagers, an age group who have shown greatest concern about creating a better planet.
“This chicken, it’s just chicken, but it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen or tasted,” said a 12-year-old diner. “It definitely got me to see how little things, like the way we eat, can literally change our entire life.” An 11-year-old guest said he was “speechless” when he tried the cell-based chicken, noting that once food technology became widely available and more affordable, “would save the life of many animals and it will become much more sustainable “Added,” it feels good to have chicken without feeling guilty. “
Making meat without killing animals
The sale of Eat Justs GOOD Meat Cultured Chicken (the first of its new cell-based products) GOOD brand of meat) is the culmination of nearly a century of journey to bring slaughter-free meat to market that began with an essay written in 1931 by British statesman Winston Churchill outlining a vision of the future of meat production that did not involve the inefficiency of slaughtered animals. The Dutch researcher and entrepreneur Willem van Eelen took Churchill’s vision and made it his life’s work to develop more sustainable methods of making meat. Eat Just acquired van Elen’s patents to make the groundbreaking cultured chicken after his death and has his daughter, Ira van Eelen, as a management consultant.
“My father dedicated his life to the idea that human ingenuity could turn this science fiction concept into real foods that nourish our bodies,” said Ira van Eelen. “This launch and future developments in this area will forever affect our relationship with the food we eat and the planet we live on. This is the beginning of where we do things better than we have done in thousands of years. ”
The future of slaughter-free meat
Around 1880, the four-course menu with Eat Just’s cultured chicken was sold out by the end of the year. The restaurant plans to add a cultured chicken dish to the menu in 2021, the price of which is similar to a premium chicken dish.
“This historic achievement is not the result of the actions of any single company – far from it. It is the result of the imagination and tenacity of Willem van Eelen, as well as the many scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs in the field who believed in the power of this idea before most of the people in my company were even born, including myself. “Eat Just CEO and Co-Founder Josh Tetrick said. “Today we are grateful for them and we will continue their important work.”
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