Treich, Nicolas (2021) Cultured meat: promises and challenges. Environmental and Resource Economics, vol.79 (n° 1). pp. 33-61.

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Identification Number : 10.1007/s10640-021-00551-3


Cultured meat involves producing meat from animal cells, not from slaughtered animals. This innovation has the potential to revolutionize the meat industry, with wide implications for the environment, health and animal welfare. The main purpose of this paper is to stimulate some economic research on cultured meat. In particular, this paper includes a prospective discussion on the demand and supply of cultured meat. It also discusses some early results on the environmental impacts of cultured meat, emphasizing the promises (e.g., regarding the reduction in land use) but also the uncertainties. It then argues that cultured meat is a moral improvement compared to conventional meat. Finally, it discusses some regulatory issues, and the need for more public support to the innovation.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: May 2021
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Dordrecht
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meat, cultured meat, food innovation, meat consumption, meat production, climate change, pollution, land use, animal welfare, regulation
JEL Classification: L31 - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs
L66 - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco
Q11 - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
Q16 - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Agricultural Extension Services
Q18 - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
Q52 - Pollution Control Adoption Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 16:25
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2022 08:57
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