On a white-hot skillet in a kitchen populated by burger buns, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomatoes sit two patties made by a company that just left cab company Uber in the dust. If we eat with all our senses, then the patties’ meaty char, intense sizzle, and saliva-inducing aroma are banquets unto themselves. And it’s primarily for these reasons that plant-based meat company Beyond Meat is now the best initial public offering (IPO) in the US in 2019. Compare that to Uber, for whom elegies are being written after its stock fell 18% just two days after it went public.
Upping the steaks
Future of meat: The meat-ing point for non-veg lovers and vegans
Beef, mutton, and dairy without bovines. Pork without pigs. Chicken and eggs minus the hens. How long will it take for scientific and commercial breakthroughs in plant and cell-based meat to hit Indian shores?
Concerns over climate change and resource depletion are pushing startups and researchers to consider new solutions for food security and sustainability. These include plant-based and cultured or clean meats
Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are the biggest players in the global plant-based meat space. Traditional meat companies like Tyson and Cargill, meanwhile, have invested in cell-based meat startups
India's poultry consumption is set to grow manifold. It's also one of the largest beef-exporting countries. No wonder then that institutes in Hyderabad and Mumbai are already looking at cell-based meat research
Will alternative meat take off in India within 5-10 years? Plant-based meat stands a better chance, because cellular agriculture is beset with regulatory and scaling issues. But India just may surprise itself