Current problems regarding meat production:
Greenhouse Gas emissions
Carbon dioxide and methane are byproducts from cattle farming and are also greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide emissions mainly stem from deforestation. Methane is produced through cow digestion and waste and traps heat about 30 times more efficiently than carbon dioxide.
Cattle farming is the top reason for deforestation of rainforests. During the last 30 years 780 000 square kilometers of forest have been deforested as a result of cattle farming, resulting in a loss of approximately 2000 species. Deforestation also massively contributes to carbon dioxide emissions.
Antibiotic resistance
Antibiotics are widely used in factory farming as a growth promoter. The reckless use of it leads to dangerous bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance which in turn can become a global threat for humans.
Factory Farming
Factory farming has a huge impact on land degradation, pollution, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. The cattle are often forced to live in demanding conditions because of the effectivisation of raising them as fast as possible on as little space as possible.
A brief overview of how cultivated meat is currently grown in a lab:
cow tissue sample
growth factor
Our team tackles several challenges of this process.
The goal is to grow meat bigger, faster, more efficient.
cow tissue sample
improved growth factor
We are Team Uppsala and we believe in a bright future