In our last blog on this subject, we talked about the two categories of unconventional meats and understood the difference between them. We discussed mock meats made from plant proteins and lab-grown meats developed by culturing animal cells. Lab-grown meat is also called cultured meat. But the question that many of our readers are worried about is, “Is Lab Grown Meat Vegan?”.

In this blog, we would answer the question, ‘is lab-grown meat Vegan’? Why and why not? Well, the answer is that lab-grown meat is generally neither vegan nor cruelty-free. But there are exceptions.

“Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells from there,”

Mark Post

Lab Grown Meat: Vegan or Not?

The real threat to vegans in lab-grown meat is Fetal bovine serum (FBS) poses an issue for vegans interested in lab-grown meat. FBS is made from the blood of a cow fetus. It is also the most widely used serum-supplement in the industry for eukaryotic cells. Gross!! isn’t it?

BUT Wait for it!! As I said, there can be exceptions.

There are some companies like JUST. Their process of the production revolves around making the whole thing cruelty free.


It can help hardcore non-vegetarians to make the transition though.