Lab-grown meat startups see profitable future in Canada

| | April 22, 2019
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Canadian companies plan to serve up chicken, beef burgers and mouse-meat cat treats in the coming years, all without the need to slaughter a single animal. Entrepreneurs see an opportunity where there’s been a dearth of lab-grown meat startups that proliferated in the U.S.

Cellular agriculture takes cells from animals and grows them to create milk, eggs, meat or other products. Proponents argue the method is kinder to animals and the environment.

“There was an opportunity here in Canada, just because the field is still so undefined, to really create a presence here and to try to drive it forward,” said Lejjy Gafour, co-founder of Edmonton-based Future Fields.

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Gafour started the company in 2017 with his friend of more than a dozen years, Matt Anderson-Baron, who holds a PhD in cell biology.

They’re working on creating two products: a serum that feeds the cells to help them grow, and chicken meat.

Future Fields wants to stock Canadian grocery shelves first, unlike many companies that eye the U.S. market for their debut. Gafour adds the caveat that the plan depends on how regulations unfold in both countries….

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