ISRAEL - Lab-Grown Chicken: Taste of the Future

Arno Froese

It looks like chicken and tastes like chicken, but diners in Israel are tucking into laboratory-grown “meat” that scientists claim is an environmentally friendly way to feed the world’s growing population.

In a small restaurant in a nondescript building in a science park in the central Israeli town of Ness Ziona, diners munched burgers and minced meat rice rolls made with “cultured chicken” —meat grown in the adjacent SuperMeat production site.

The Chicken, as the eatery is called, is a testing ground of sorts for SuperMeat, hosting periodical test meals to generate customer feedback while waiting for regulatory approval.

“This is the first time in the world people can actually have a taste of a cultivated meat product, while observing the production and the manufacturing process in front of their eyes,” said Ido Savir, SuperMeat’s chief executive.

“This way we’ll be able to reduce the amount of land, water use and so many other resources, and keep the product very healthy and clean,” he said, noting the high prevalence of diseases among chickens produced in factory-style production.

Producing meat in a cruelty-free way that does not harm the environment is a positive development that will “save the world problems,” said Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weisz, a member of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Council.

Savir believes the technology could change humanity for the better.

“It would increase food security for nations around the world, a very sustainable, animal-friendly and efficient process.”, 21 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

There is no end in sight when it comes to Israel’s inventiveness, technology, and creating something that is adorned with “first in the world.” How successful this will be, time will tell.

Regarding the existence of planet earth and its environment, we have the clear promise in Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” 

Is it kosher or unkosher, the rabbis ask. The decision will be difficult. For believers, the answer is simple: “Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake” (1 Corinthians 10:25).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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