Gloved hands holding a petri dish containing lab-grown meat
How The USDA Will Get Lab-Grown Meat On Supermarket Shelves
Debates over how lab-grown meat should be labeled have impeded its widespread availability in the U.S. Currently, Singapore is the only country where the meat is sold commercially.
Lab-grown meat, also referred to as cultured meat or cultivated meat, is produced using stem cells extracted from live animals. The cells are grown into meat inside a bioreactor.
The USDA recently approved the label "cell-cultivated" for lab-grown chicken from two companies, Eat Just and UPSIDE Foods. This could lead to it being sold more widely in the U.S.
Lab-grown meat is more humane than traditional meat production as it doesn’t require slaughter. It also offers sustainability advantages through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.