US – CULT Food Science, an investment company focused on cellular agriculture, has filed its third provisional patent application for the production of cultured meat enriched with dietary supplements.
CULT’s Third Patent Application explores the creation of a cultured meat product that tastes and feels like traditional meat but with lower cholesterol content than traditional meat.
If more than one cell line can be grown in separate bioreactors, and the grown cells harvested and combined to provide an enriched cultured meat product with a reduced level of cholesterol, then that cultured meat product can be healthier for consumers compared to traditional meat, the company said.
Cultured meat can have cholesterol just like traditional meat, which can similarly increase the risk of contracting certain types of chronic disease, CULT stated.
The third provisional patent application follows a publication by Technology Networks, called “Taking Cultured Meat to the Next Level” which says nutritionally enhanced meat products have been produced via engineered bovine cells to reduce lipid oxidation levels when cooked.
The investment platform with a focus on cellular agriculture said it is also continuing to develop its own intellectual property (IP) in the form of patents and other intangible assets in order to produce food for human consumption directly from cells.
Lejjy Gafour, Chief Executive Officer of CULT said: “Filing the Third Patent Application is yet another step in the right direction for CULT as it pursues the development of its own valuable IP. “
Not only does cellular agriculture have the potential to enhance certain nutrition levels in consumers but it also has the ability to provide food to people all over the world who are experiencing shortages of key foods.”
CULT said the topic of increasing the production of food from cells is timely given that the world’s supply chain is currently under duress.
It added that the global food system has been weakened by COVID-19, climate change, and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, two countries that account for 12% of the world’s traded calories.
The investment company also noted the warning from António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, on May 18th, that the coming months threaten “the spectre of a global food shortage” that could last for years.
The high cost of staple foods has already raised the number of people who cannot be sure of getting enough to eat by 440 million, to 1.6 billion, which has sparked CULT to develop its own IP and deploy capital to help accelerate the commercialization of cellular agriculture.
This innovation has the potential to give producers the ability to address the global food insecurity crisis, provide meat products that are more sustainable to consumers, and deliver a product that is more nutritious and economically viable.
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