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about cultivated meat, End The Slaughter Age and more!

FAQ about cultivated meat

Cultured meat (in-vitro meat, cultivated meat) is animal meat obtained by cellular agriculture. It is made from a painless biopsy in which cells are taken from the living animal, which are then cultured in the laboratory to recreate the animal’s muscle tissue.

Cultured meat can use genetic engineering to increase cell productivity, but it is not indispensable and is avoided in view of the strict regulations that guarantee its marketing.

No antibiotics are needed for cultured meat.

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Cultured meat is produced in a laboratory, it is not derived directly from an animal and therefore you do not have the possible microplastics that could accumulate in the tissues of a slaughtered animal.

There is no scientific evidence that cultured meat is more carcinogenic than conventional meat.

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Cultured meat has a protein density comparable to that of conventional meat, because even though it is produced in a laboratory, it is still animal muscle tissue.

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The so-called foetal calf serum, which is produced from the blood of unborn calves, was used for a long time as the nutrient solution for the stem cells.

Today, some research institutions have replaced calf serum with herbal alternatives like mushroom extracts and algae-based culture media.

Cultivated meat might emit more CO2 than conventional meat, but this is a problem over centuries, while the most dangerous gas in the short term is methane, hundreds of times more destructive than CO2, which thanks to cultivated meat could be reduced to zero.

Cultured meat is not bad for your health any more than conventional meat, it is also free of antibiotics and the fat content accumulated in the tissues can be controlled during the process.

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Cultured meat can be an excellent solution for those who do not want to give up the taste of meat and for feeding carnivorous pets.

There are many who see the potential of this new frontier of technology, both private and state bodies, but also the European Union itself.

Cultured meat consumes more energy than conventional meat, but while its production can cut emissions through process engineering and renewable energy, animal meat will remain tied to the physiological emissions of the animals raised.

Food sovereignty has to do with the autonomy of national production, an autonomy that can guarantee healthy and accessible food to the population, for this reason cellular agriculture absolutely does not undermine this concept, on the contrary it can allow the production of nutritionally valid foods without affecting the resources useful, for example, for agriculture and therefore for vegetable alternatives.

FAQ about End The Slaughter Age

End The Slaughter Age is an organisation that created a European Citizens’ Initiative of the same name to ask the European Commission to shift CAP subsidies from livestock farming to ethical and sustainable food production, i.e. plant-based and cellular agriculture.

ETSA does not want to ban meat consumption, but to change the way it is produced, in a more ethical, healthy and sustainable way.

ETSA does not in any way promote the consumption of insects, quite the contrary.

The European campaign is funded by the Save The Chickens Foundation, which aims to put an end to the slaughter of the most murdered land animal: the poultry.

ETSA’s organisation is carried out by numerous activists and volunteers throughout Europe, some of whom can be seen in the About Us section.

If you are in doubt that you have already signed the initiative of End The Slaughter Age on the EU website, no problem. To be on the safe side, sign again. If you have already signed, a screen will appear warning you that you have already done so. Your vote will not be cancelled.

In reverse. The initiative promoted by ETSA requires more funds for the production of vegetables, subtracted from the funds destined for the production of animal derivatives. This means significantly more support for plant production than is the case today.
Absolutely no. A European Citizens’ Initiative such as the one proposed by ETSA has legal value, which is why an official identification document such as an identity card, passport or SPID is required to sign it. When the initiative reaches the necessary number of signatures, the European Commission will be forced to decide on the transfer of subsidies from animal products to alternative ones.