Lab-Grown Meat: What You Need to Know About its Place on the Plate

Sunday, October 17
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 165627


Lab-grown meat, once considered a bizarre curiosity, has emerged in recent years as a legitimate food source. This session analyzes the evolution of lab-grown animal proteins and their potential for contributing to sustainability, reduced carbon footprint, animal welfare, reduced food waste, alleviation of hunger, and other proposed benefits. A food futurist and a meat scientist will present brief overviews of cell-cultured and fermented proteins from their individual perspectives and then discuss what dietetics professionals need to know as animal-free animal proteins move from the lab to the marketplace.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the current environment around animal protein produced from cultured animal cells and tissues or from fermentation
  • Explain the challenges and uncertainties about the production, regulation, safety, distribution/availability and nutrition of these next-generation proteins
  • Appraise this evolving protein category in order to anticipate its potential fit in the diet and be able to respond to client and patient questions

Performance Indicators:

  • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making.
  • 7.2.3 Communicates the role of sustainable food practices and food insecurities for populations.
  • 6.2.3 Analyzes and interprets data to form valid conclusions and to make recommendations.