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Cultured meat as an option for farmers?

Cultured meat may be promising for animals, but it poses a threat to the livelihoods of animal farmers. In this study, we explore whether cultured meat could instead also offer opportunities for farmers. We talk to farmers in focus groups, discussing different scenario. We are looking for an intern to co-organise and co-analyse three focus groups in the autumn of 2019.

Cultured meat is still under development, but it is expected to be ripe for the market within a few years. The goal is to grow muscle tissue (meat) starting from animal cells, with the help of tissue culturing technology instead of growing a whole animal. At first sight this alternative way of making meat clearly poses a threat to animal farmers.

In this study we explore whether it might also offer opportunities for farmers. In the first round of the study (which took place in the first months of 2019), we held three focus groups with farmers, exploring options with the help of different scenarios. In the second round, (September-December), we will again organize three focus groups, this time with farmers as well as others from the meat producing chain, such as feed companies.