Lab-grown meat is on the brink of becoming available to consumers in the United States. Good Meat and Upside Foods have both recently received a “no questions” letter from the Food and Drug Administration, a key step toward selling their products in the country. Good Meat's chicken has already been available in Singapore since 2020, and could soon be served in a Washington, D.C. restaurant.
Lab-grown meat is seen as a more humane alternative to traditional animal agriculture, and is also believed to have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Good Meat and Upside Foods must still receive approval from the US Department of Agriculture before their products can be sold to consumers.
The lab-grown meat industry is growing quickly, with several companies developing products for the market. Although still in the early stages, the industry has received positive attention for its potential to provide a more sustainable and humane option for consumers. It remains to be seen how quickly the products will be approved and how widely they will be accepted by consumers.