Hyderabad: The city-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has managed to get Department of Biotechnology (DBT) funding worth Rs. 4.50 crore to develop clean meat technologies in India.
The CCMB researchers will collaborate with National Research Centre for Meat (NRCM) and Good Food Institute to develop clean meat which is nutritionally equivalent to conventional animal meat and tastes, smells, looks and feels exactly the same.
The only difference clean meat has over regular meat is in the methods of production wherein clean meat does not involve raising livestock and later slaughtering them. The cell-based meat is produced through cellular agriculture, wherein cells are sourced from an animal and cultivated into meat.
“The funding has been given to CCMB to develop technology to take laboratory cell culture process to cell-based meat production that can be scalable. We are looking to make some breakthrough in the next two years,” says Director of CCMB, Dr. R K. Mishra.
According to Humane Society International (HSI), India, clean meat has shown a lot of potential in improving food security and less negative impact on environment and reduction in animal cruelty.
According to researchers, cell-based meat companies across the world including Netherlands, Japan, Israel are investing in clean meat technologies. Regulatory authorities too are exploring the possibility of marketing such products and developing a regulatory framework.
“CCMB has large number of biology experts and we are excited at the prospect of cell-based meat being developed in India. The funding of DBT will go a long way in putting India on the map of technologically advanced countries in cellular agriculture,” says Deputy Director, HSI, India, Alokparna Sengupta.
According to members of Good Food Institute, the aim of developing clean meat technologies is to feed 10 billion people globally by 2050 by creating a platform for tasty and affordable protein.
Since last year, the Atal Incubation Centre of CCMB, HSI and Good Food Institute have been collaborating to develop clean meat technologies in India.