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Israel's Netanyahu calls domestic rise of lab meat part of 'global revolution'

Investment in lab-grown meat and other plant-based proteins is taking off in Israel, which has a relatively large vegetarian and vegan population.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an Israeli food tech company on Wednesday to sample its lab-grown meat and express Israel's strong interest in alternative meat and protein.

Steakholder Foods, a startup in central Israel's Rehovot, hosted Netanyahu along with other Israeli tech and health officials. The company 3D-printed cultured fish and meat for the prime minister.

“Today we ate fish that was produced without fish and meat that was produced without cattle,” said Netanyahu, according to a statement from his office. “This is a global revolution.”

Background: Steakholder Foods uses cells from animals to produce lab-grown meat using 3D-printing technology.

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