Does the future of meat in France depend on cultured muscle cells? Answers from different consumer segments

Meat Sci. 2022 Jun;188:108776. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2022.108776. Epub 2022 Feb 21.

Abstract

This research aimed to study the perception of French consumers on "cultured meat". The respondents (n = 5418) are characterised by an over-representation of young people, meat professional or scientists compared to the French population. Approximately 40-50% of them believed that animal husbandry faced ethical and environmental issues. Only 18-26% of them believed that "cultured meat" could solve these difficulties, a majority thought that it would not be healthy or tasty and that "cultured meat" is an "absurd and/or disgusting" idea. However, 23.9% and 16.9% thought it is a "fun and/or interesting" and a "promising and/or feasible" idea and 91.7% were not prepared to buy "cultured meat" at a higher price than meat. The respondents not familiar with "cultured meat", young people or women are more in support of it due to a greater sensitivity to issues related to livestock systems. Older men and meat professionals are the most reluctant. Thus, the "cultured meat" market would represent at best a niche market.

Keywords: Biotechnology; Consumer survey; Cultured meat; Food perception; Meat alternatives.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aged
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animals
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meat*
  • Muscle Cells
  • Taste