Wagyu to grow in lab

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

WAGYU meat grown in a lab is the lat­est de­vel­op­ment to hit the al­ter­na­tive meat mar­ket.

Sil­i­con Val­ley food tech­nol­ogy com­pany, JUST, has joined forces with Ja­panese Wagyu pro­duc­ers, Toriyama, to cre­ate lab-grown Wagyu beef.

The part­ner­ship, which is the first of its kind (where a cat­tle pro­ducer has part­nered with a lab-grown meat com­pany), will mean cells from Toriyama Wagyu cat­tle will be used by sci­en­tists in the JUST lab to cre­ate cell cul­tured meat.

They plan to start with lab­grown Wagyu ground beef, with the hope to one day de­velop higher-end steak cuts.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment Awano Food Group, an in­ter­na­tional sup­plier of meat and seafood, will then mar­ket and sell the meat, sim­i­lar to how they al­ready sell con­ven­tional Toriyama Wagyu.

Toriyama is a fam­ily-owned busi­ness and has been op­er­at­ing for more than 30 years.

Wataru Toriyama, owner of the Toriyama Ranch and vi­cepres­i­dent of the Toriyama Farm­ing and Food Co, has re­port­edly said “the point is to de­liver de­li­cious­ness to ev­ery­one”.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, JUST’s goal “is to feed sus­tain­able pro­tein to a grow­ing global pop­u­la­tion”

“With plants pro­vid­ing nu­tri­ents for an­i­mal cells to grow, we be­lieve we can pro­duce meat and seafood that is over 10x more ef­fi­cient than the world’s high­est vol­ume slaugh­ter­house.”

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