What is Cellular Agriculture?
Cellular agriculture is an innovative, interdisciplinary field of science focused on producing agricultural products like food (e.g. meat, milk, eggs) or materials (e.g. leather, silk, bone) from the cellular level through biotechnology – via cell culture, fermentation or other means.
Cellular agriculture is a new application of biotechnology aimed at producing additional animal protein cultivated from cell cultures to feed the growing world population.
These novel methods require many years of additional research and development before commercial products resembling traditional poultry products will be available.
Why Cellular Agriculture?
Poultry is North Carolina’s top agricultural commodity – the Prestage Department of Poultry Science’s involvement in this nascent field supports NC’s leading edge in agricultural innovation.
New Harvest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has played an active role in engaging scientists, meat industry experts and agricultural producers in its early stage (i.e. pre-commercial), open academic research in cellular agriculture.