Are you ready to pig out on pork grown in lab?


Are you ready to pig out on pork grown in lab? Company bosses claim they could mass-produce the meat within four years in bid to slash carbon emissions from farming

  • Shanghai-based firm CellX has made prototype pork from black pig cells 
  • CellX argues that lab-grown meat could cut carbon dioxide emissions 
  • The company aims to sell the product at competitive prices by 2025 

Labratory-grown pork could be mass-produced in China within four years, a company has claimed.

Shanghai-based firm CellX has made prototype pork from cells harvested from the country’s native black pig. 

The product – touted for its environmental credentials – was unveiled on Friday.

CellX argues that lab-grown meat could cut carbon dioxide emissions from rearing animals. 

Shanghai-based firm CellX has made prototype pork from cells harvested from the country’s native black pig

It could also offer a more stable food supply following the outbreak of African swine fever in 2018. It aims to sell the product at competitive prices by 2025.

One guest at the launch, Li Peiying, who tried a dish made of the minced pork combined with plant protein, said: ‘The taste is on the bland side … but overall it’s not bad.’

Lab-grown chicken meat was sold to consumers for the first time in Singapore last year, but there are currently no regulations permitting its sale in China.

CellX founder Yang Ziliang said: ‘Our vision is to change the way meat is produced.

‘This isn’t just a China issue, it’s a global issue, so for us to achieve our vision, we need to be a global company.’

CellX argues that lab-grown meat could cut carbon dioxide emissions from rearing animals. A stock image is used above [File photo]

CellX argues that lab-grown meat could cut carbon dioxide emissions from rearing animals. A stock image is used above [File photo]

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