Pet food might be the underdog of lab-grown meat, but Bond Pet Foods and Because Animals say the chances of scientific success and consumer acceptance increase when the stakes are lowered. Rich Kelleman’s path to animal-free pet food started at Burger King, of all places.
“It looked and smelled pretty much the same as any fish you could buy at the supermarket,” project leader Morris Benjaminson, a veteran of NASA waste disposal projects, recounted later. Sadly, FDA regulations prohibited his team from eating the fish they had grown and seasoned.
Ten years ago, cultured meat seemed like the stuff of science fiction. The idea of growing meat outside an animal’s body existed only in the minds of a few niche visionaries scattered around the world. There were no labs dedicated to developing it and no funding streams to support such research.