EP22 Cultivated Meat as New Source of Protein
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"First on air 31 July 2021"

Meat is an integral part of human’s diet since before the beginning of history, as our primitive ancestors made their living by hunting wild animals for protein. But meat industry has caused many environmental and health problems, including deforestation, water and air pollution, climate change, and even rising risk of new zoonotic diseases. Data shows that beef industry alone was responsible for 41 percent of global deforestation. Therefore, there have been efforts to produce protein from plants. In this episode, Unlock The Science discusses a new technology of producing meat without having to farm and slaughter whole animals. Cultivated meat is made using a small amount of animal cells and growing them in a nutrient-rich medium inside an incubator, where they multiply rapidly. Joining the discussion are Tita Phairaksa, a master’s degree student at Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, who is an active vegan activist, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chenphop Sawangmake, head of Veterinary Stem Cell and Bioengineering Innovation Center, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University.