GERMANY, Bad Zwischenahn/Berlin. German deli meats and sausage manufacturer Rügenwalder Mühle will become a sponsor for RESPECTfarms’ cultivated meat pilot project. The Dutch-German research project is aimed at exploring future business models in the field of cellular agriculture.
According to a Respectfarms press release, the Dutch foundation wants to combine cultivated meat production with conventional agriculture. To determine if the combination of conventional and cultivated meat production could create a sustainable, locally and efficiently produced alternative, the team of Respectfarms will conduct feasibility studies in 2023.
After the first evaluation, Respectfarms plans to set up a pilot farm. "To us, the future of nutrition lies in collaboration and cooperation," said Patrick Bühr, Head of Research & Development at Rügenwalder Mühle. “We believe in sustainable meat from cellular agriculture and therefore support Respectfarms. Therefore, we want to contribute to accelerating the development of cellular agriculture in Germany and to the implementation of locally developed innovations. We are convinced that meat from cellular agriculture will not only taste great but will also actively contribute to sustainability and climate protection.”
Especially the decentralised approach convinced Rügenwalder Mühle to invest in the project. It matches the company's strategy of keeping supply chains as short and direct as possible. In this manner, the evolution of sustainable food production will be made possible through the combination of decentralised cultured meat production and conventional agriculture and not the separation of those areas, which represents another leading principle of the project.
“Farms along the value chain will play an important role in expanding production if we have the concept. Most people seem to forget that as food producers, they have everything required for cultured meat production," said Respectfarms co-founder Ira van Eelen.
In addition to aspects of scalability and feasibility, environmental factors also play a decisive role, according to the foundation. "Germany has experienced one of the hottest summers since weather records. Shipping is extremely restricted - that will not change for the time being.”
Florentine Zieglowski, the co-founder of Respectfarms and Head of Germany, added, "we are now in a series of crises with extreme effects on agriculture. Why should we grow suitable culture media on another continent when local production is also possible?”