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Lab-Grown meat for troops? Cattle industry objects

Research grant sparks debate on military food options


The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is expressing strong disapproval of a Department of Defense (DOD) research grant awarded to BioMADE for developing lab-grown meat products for the military.

The NCBA views this as a misguided investment, questioning the quality of lab-grown meat compared to traditionally raised beef.

Ethan Lane, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, voiced his concerns. He argues that American troops deserve the "highest-quality beef" and criticizes lab-grown meat as "ultra-processed" and produced in "chemical-filled bioreactors."

The NCBA also emphasizes the environmental benefits of US cattle ranching, claiming it has a "low carbon footprint." They see lab-grown meat as an unnecessary departure from a successful food system.

This news highlights the debate surrounding lab-grown meat. While some see it as a sustainable and ethical future of food production, others, like the NCBA, prioritize traditional agriculture and question the quality and safety of this new technology.

The DOD's involvement adds a new dimension to the conversation, raising questions about the role of lab-grown meat in military food supply chains.

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Advancement Through Science: The Purpose of the Beef Cattle Research Council

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Every time a beef animal is sold in Canada, the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off is collected, and a portion of it funds research and extension through the Beef Cattle Research Council.

The BCRC has a vision of a transparent, competitive and sustainable Canadian beef industry. And, we’re on a mission to support growth in beef demand, increase productivity and earn public trust. Research investments by producers are making that happen.

The BCRC works to advance the Canadian beef industry through industry-led research and extension. We create practical tools and resources that help producers make improvements in:

?? animal health and welfare,

?? forage and grassland productivity

?? feed efficiency and nutrition

?? beef quality and safety and

??environmental sustainability.

Guided by a board of producers from across Canada, the BCRC has one goal -- to make every producer-paid research dollar count. For each dollar invested through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off, we leverage two to three dollars from other funding sources.

By bridging the gap between research and real-life application, we empower producers to make economical, science-based decisions to help drive innovation, sustainability and profitability in their operations.

Where industry investment and collaboration intersect with research and ranching – that’s where we find advancement through science and the real purpose of the Beef Cattle Research Council.