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Cellular Agriculture

What role will cellular agriculture play in the future of food for Canada?

Cellular agriculture consists of a suite of technologies for producing meat and dairy alternatives using cell cultures and (in the case of dairy) fermentation techniques. Currently, cellular agriculture products are not widely commercially available; however, the technologies and techniques are advancing quickly, and these products will enter Canadian food markets and increase in prevalence over the next few years. FAI conducts research on cellular agriculture, such as a study on the implications of proliferating a cellular agriculture industry in British Columbia in terms of local and global social, economic, and environmental impacts. The Institute has plans for further research; for example, it plans to explore the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches for building a cellular industry in the Fraser Valley (e.g., centralizing the industry in Abbotsford or encouraging the development of smaller operations throughout the region).

Learn more about the FAI's cellular agriculture research projects:

Local Cellular Agriculture

Learning Exchange

Policy Implications


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