An Israel-based company produces lab-grown, cultivated meat without cruelty

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IE: There are similar companies in the market to yours. How does Believer differ from others?

"Believer Meats is doing almost everything differently from other companies. Most companies use stem cells. Unfortunately, stem cells are inherently unstable and require quite a few growth factors and hormones to expand, making the cell feed medium incredibly expensive. We, on the other hand, are using fibroblasts. These connective tissue cells require no growth factors and are exceptionally robust. Without growth factors, our cell feed medium is ten times lower than our competitors. "

"In addition, we developed a method to adapt our cells to grow as a single-cell suspension. This means that cell growth is not limited to the bioreactor surface area. Usually, cells like stem cells need to stick to surfaces like carrier beads. This limits stem cell density to about 7x106 cells per mL. In contrast, the Believer Meats process uses non-adherent cells, reaching cell densities upwards of 100x106 cells per mL. This simple difference in density means Believer Meats factories can conceptually be 14 times smaller than its competitors in the field."

IE: Please explain non-GMO production. How many products of your company are produced this way?

"Believer utilizes fibroblasts instead of traditional stem cells. Fibroblasts are robust connective tissue cells that grow efficiently, even in complex environments. They undergo a process termed spontaneous immortalization in which cells rearrange their chromosomes and start growing indefinitely without genetic intervention. Thus, Believer’s cell stock for chicken, lamb, beef, and pork is non-GMO."

IE: Can you explain the relationship of company policy with ecological balance? 

"We strongly believe that culture meat is an engine of change. Based on our preliminary work, the production of cultured meat will produce 90 percent fewer carbon emissions and use 98 percent less land and 83 percent less water than current approaches for cattle farming."

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