A social media post claims that Bill Gates’ lab-grown meat causes cancer. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.
A post published on X, formerly Twitter referred to an article titled ‘Study: Bill Gates’ Lab Grown Meat Causes Cancer in Humans’ to claim that Bill Gates’ lab-grown meat causes cancer. This article has been published by a media website named The People’s Voice.
What is lab-grown meat?
Lab-grown meat, also called cultured meat, is created by cultivating animal cells in a lab. These cells are sourced from living animals without causing harm. They’re nurtured in a controlled setting with nutrients, developing into muscle tissue that can be gathered and processed as meat.
Compared to traditional meat, lab-grown meat offers several benefits. It is more sustainable, demanding less land, water, and energy, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The process is generally considered safe and ethical, avoiding animal slaughter. Furthermore, lab-grown meat can be tailored for various tastes, textures, and nutritional profiles.
Despite being in the early stages, advancing technology is likely to make lab-grown meat more accessible and widespread.
Is it true that Bill Gates’ lab-grown meat causes cancer?
No. We found no evidence that confirms Bill Gates’ lab-grown meat causes cancer. Our research led us to discover that Gates has invested in Upside Foods, a lab-grown meat startup. However, The People’s Voice article fails to provide any valid substantiation for the claim that the consumption of this meat is linked to cancer.
Instead, the article refers to a series of studies commissioned by Impossible Foods, a company also backed by Gates, which demonstrate the safety of an ingredient used in their plant-based meat. It is worth noting that Impossible Foods concentrates on plant-based meat alternatives rather than lab-grown meat.
The Peoples Voice website is known for regularly publishing stories with no scientific evidence. We also have found evidence that shows The People’s Voice, which used to be called Newspunch, is a well-known source of false information and has been around for a long time. They often spread stories that are not true.
This website cites a blog post asserting potential adverse health effects in humans due to the aforementioned ingredient. However, both the referenced studies and the blog post do not attribute cancer-causing properties to Upside Foods, the sole lab-grown meat producer in which Gates has invested.
In November 2022, Upside Foods gained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as the first company to commercially sell lab-grown meat in the United States. The company is currently awaiting approval from the Department of Agriculture, for regulatory responsibilities.
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