CULT Food Science Corp., an investment platform with a focus on cellular agriculture, has announced that its portfolio company, Mogale Meat Co., has successfully created its first cultivated chicken breast product, which is the first of its kind in Africa. Mogale Meat showcased its first cellular chicken breast to the public in South Africa in March. The cultivated chicken breast, composed of real chicken muscle and fat cells blended with a mushroom matrix, is the first of many prototypes that the company is planning to spotlight. Approximately 13 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia face severe hunger and, over the course of 2022, 15-20 million people in those 3 countries could face serious food insecurity, according to ‘East Africa’s Growing Food Crisis: What to Know’ by Michelle Gavin.
Mogale says that its team is also meanwhile working on prototyping a unique, modular, plug-and-play production plant that will allow cultivated meat to be made in specific locations, which will provide people across Africa with affordable and nutritious animal protein, sustainably. “The opportunities presented by advancements in technology to allow for Mogale to be able to cellularly cultivate chicken in a more sustainable fashion is incredible and will undoubtedly lead to a better future in Africa and the rest of the world,” said Lejjy Gafour, president of CULT.