The food sector is one of the main causes of global warming, specifically the consumption of meat. Going vegan could all be a solution, but we should all do it within about 10 years, which is when the point of no return according to the IPCC is set. In other words, we're done for. Or not.
In Europe, some organizations have been created that promote the innovation of cellular agriculture also on a political level: among them the organization End The Slaughter Age. I talk about it with the President, the activist for Animal and Environmental Rights Nicolas Micheletti.
Hi Nicolas, how did this idea come about?
Hello! A few years ago I started following a vegan diet after having the documentary Cowspiracy, produced by Leonardo Di Caprio. Devastating. From there I also immediately started activism on the street. Very soon, however, I realized that most people will never want to give up on eating meat. So, in 2016, I decided to throw my head and foot into the cause of cellular agriculture and cultivated meat, the only solution that can please everyone and save the planet and animals.
Where do you promote the “cause” of cellular agriculture online?
Together with other activists I created social pages called just "Cultured Meat”, Dedicated to information on this innovation, constantly targeted by disinformation. On Facebook he has between 7000 and 8000 followers. Not bad for a product that, according to the latest Coldiretti survey, is practically unknown to Italians. "End The Slaughter Age”Was the next step, the formalization, if we can say so, of this movement.
What are the goals of End The Slaughter Age?
One of the main obstacles to the entry of cultivated meat and more generally of cellular agriculture is the opposition of the meat lobbies. An opposition that continues through political pressures and the spread of hoaxes, sometimes ridiculous: for example that of AssoCarni according to which this product is full of antibiotics. End The Slaughter Age intends to row in the opposite direction, starting with obtaining the approval of cultured meat from EFSA, the European body that chooses what we can eat, recently committed to approving worms, larvae and crocodiles. For cultivated meat, unfortunately, still nothing.
We are also working on a European Citizens' Initiative with which to ask the European Commission for a plan that provides for the shift of subsidies from destructive animal husbandry to cellular agriculture and plant substitutes. The (gradual) end is that of abolish animal exploitation forever and extend current specific cruelty laws to all animals.
Abolish animal exploitation forever? Don't you feel like you're asking a little too much? What will happen to all those who work in animal husbandry?
Our plan to be proposed to the European Commission also includes a relocation program for people who will lose their jobs due to these measures. In reality, cultured meat will arrive sooner or later, at least we ask in advance to limit the damage. We are aware that most of the people who work in animal husbandry are actually very poor and desperate, often illegal immigrants. We don't want to leave victims of any kind.
Are there any experiments on cellular agriculture in Italy?
End The Slaughter Age collaborates with the Save The Chickens Foundation, which was born precisely to finance Italian start-ups that can create vegan eggs and cultured meat, specifically chicken, as plant alternatives capable of faithfully reproducing the flavor of beef already exist. , for example the Beyond Meat. I cannot anticipate, but I assure you that there will be interesting news also in our country in the near future. Thanks for the replies and good luck!