A significant portion of the agricultural-innovation funding announced at COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, should be directed toward cultivated-meat development. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, cultivated meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. We must address the greenhouse-gas emissions caused by animal agriculture in order to meet our climate goals.
Cultivated meat requires a fraction of the environmental impact that raising livestock does. Further public investment in research will help bring it to market faster, at a competitive price with slaughtered meat. The 45 governments at COP26 which pledged more than $4 billion toward food-sector innovation should prioritize development of this revolutionary protein.