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How will cultured meat disrupt the food industry?

This report from US management consultancy AT Kearney identifies trends in the cultured meat and meat replacement sectors. It estimates that, by 2040, cultured meat and novel vegan meat replacements will together account for a greater market share than conventional meat.

The figure below shows the report’s projected figures for conventional meat and alternatives.

Image: Figure 9, AT Kearney.

Read the full report, How Will Cultured Meat and Meat Alternatives Disrupt the Agricultural and Food Industry? here. See also the Foodsource chapter How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions? and the FCRN blog post Framing the future of food: The contested promises of alternative proteins.

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