Dramatically reducing the impact of meat consumption
Mosa Meat is a pioneer in developing cultivated meat, which delivers real meat developed from animal cells without the need to slaughter animals and with a dramatically reduced environmental impact. Mosa Meat believes that cultivated meat, alongside plant-based meat, can serve as an alternative for a huge number of consumers.
Meat has a catastrophic effect on the environment, with consumption of beef from cows alone responsible for a staggering 8% of GHG-emissions. The industrialized raising of animals for slaughter has detrimental effects on animal welfare, rising antibiotics use, land use and soil & water contamination. Rubio strongly supports a consumption shift towards less meat and more plant-based alternatives. At the same time we need to tackle the harmful effects of livestock farming today, as meat consumption still continues to grow.
Mosa develops the technology and facilities to produce cultivated cow meat that is identical to conventionally raised meat. Cultivated meat is produced by taking a small sample of cells from a live animal, and growing meat from these cells in a controlled environment. The result is real meat without slaughtering animals, and a dramatically reduced environmental impact with 80-90% less greenhouse gas emissions and 95% less land use. Mosa Meat has the right approach to cultivated meat and are focused on beef as it is the meat type with by far the largest environmental impact. Mosa is fully committed to a non-GMO approach, and, besides the starter cells, does not use any animal ingredients in its process.
The Mosa team has been working on this technology for over a decade, and has its origins in 2006 as a Dutch government funded academic project on cultivated meat at Maastricht University. Its co-founders Mark Post and Peter Verstrate created the world’s first cultivated hamburger. They spun the company out of the university in 2017 and raised a Series A in 2018.
Building the production line
Rubio has invested in Mosa’s Series B led by food impact investor Blue Horizon. The investment will be used to develop an industrial-sized production line, expand the team, and prepare for large-scale cultivated beef production.
“We are delighted that Rubio Impact Ventures will be a local partner in the Netherlands, and we look forward to working with their team and benefiting from their vast experience.” – Maarten Bosch, CEO Mosa Meat
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