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2018-10-24

Interview with Mark Post, Chief Scientific Officer at Mosa Meat

Interview with Mark Post, Chief Scientific Officer of Mosa Meat.

Berlin, 24 October 2018. In December, the fourth international conference "Cultured Meat" will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The Global Food Summit interviewed Mark Post, Chief Scientific Officer of Mosa Meat, on his assessment of clean meat.

Which chances and opportunities do you see for clean meat, fish or chicken? What are the drivers that will make consumers choose cultured meat?

The biggest opportunity is to keep on eating what we are currently eating - including animal proteins - in spite of the increasing global demand that outstrips our capacity to produce animal proteins with business as usual. In addition, we will be able to eat them guilt-free whatever our concerns with large scale livestock farming are. The drivers will - in addition to price, quality and availability - in my mind will be ethical because of less or no animal suffering for our benefit, and hopefully environmental.

The pilot and development phase with clean meat seems to come to an end. A lot of work is now done to improve scalability of production. What are the preconditions to produce enough meat in the roll out phase?

There are many. The supply chain needs to scale with the production capacity: feed, culture systems, bioreactors, equipment, factories, qualified personnel.

The production sites for clean meat need neither stables nor rural areas. Will Cultured Meat profit from urban surroundings like empty industry buildings and by such foster decentralized "regional" production?

Yes, interesting idea. The requirements for production are pretty generic. You can do this in any industrial building. The only specification is bearing capacity of the floor because big bioreactors filled with water are pretty heavy.

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) can meanwhile be handled by end consumers. Will Cultured Meat eventually be a "do it yourself" product as well?

Yes, the technology is pretty simple and contained. It may not happen at large scale, but a micro-brewery type of system is plausible.