Department of Defense approves $87 million grant to send soldiers lab-grown meat


Troops eat breakfast outside the containerized kitchen at Forward Operating Base Garry Owen, near Amarah, Iraq, Aug. 2, 2008. The Soldier-cooks assigned to Company E, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are providing meals for approximately 1,000 troops stationed at the American base and at smaller locations in the city of Amarah.

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced a major grant to BioMADE to produce synthetically produced lab-grown meat for its front-line soldiers.

According to the press release, the DoD is attempting to find sustainable and reliable bio-industrial manufacturing technologies. The grant provides build-up funding for a substantial supply-chain operation that could eventually see chicken, pork, or beef go by the wayside.

Between the DoD grant and other funding sources, BioMADE will receive close to $1 billion in funding to increase its manufacturing capacity.

The U.S. Cattle Producers, a trade organization condemned the decision saying, “It is outrageous that the Department of Defense is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to feed our heroes like lab rats.”

Neither BioMADE nor the DoD stated when soldiers could start seeing, and eating, the lab-grown meat.

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