Tufts University receives $10 million to develop cultured meat


The Cattle Site

15 November 2021


The funding will drive efforts to produce an alternative source of sustainable protein


Led by David Kaplan, a team at Tufts University in Massachusetts has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop an alternative meat source produced from cells grown in bioreactors.


The team includes graduate students, engineers, biologists, nutrition researchers and social scientists. The Tufts team is working in collaboration with outside universities as well, including Virginia Tech, University of California at Davis, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MIT and Virginia State. The aim is to strengthen food sustainability, nutrition and food security.


Kaplan, who is chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, said the cultivated meat industry could provide nutritious and safe protein alternatives that reduce the environmental impact and reliance on valuable resources associated with traditional meat production...