2023 Conference Session

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Ingredients

Panel Discussion: Spring boarding alternatives – how early adoption in petfood can drive commercialization

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February 22, 2023
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12:45
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13:30

About the Session

More than a quarter of the environmental effects of animal growing is due to the pet food industry, hence cultured meat holds the promise of satisfying pets while promoting environmental sustainability and lowering greenhouse gases. Plant-based ‘meats’, ‘meat’ analogs, edible insects/worms, and cell-based cultured ‘meat’ can be major meat alternatives in our food supply as well as in pet foods. But unlike cultured meat for humans, there are fewer barriers to acceptance in the pet food world – as much as we love our feline and canine family members, people are more willing to give cats and dogs a more novel ingredient than eat it themselves. So, might addressing the technical difficulties of mass production, cost of product development, quality control and palatability, legal and regulatory guidance – the current key impediments for the pet food industry – advance progress for human-consumed foods?

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