Representatives DeLauro and Clark applaud USDA funding of first-ever National Institute for Cellular Agriculture

October 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) joined The Good Food Institute in acknowledging the critical significance of USDA awarding Tufts University $10 million over five years to establish the National Institute for Cellular Agriculture – the creation of the first-ever U.S. government-funded cultivated protein research center of excellence and represents the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s first investment in cultivated meat to date.

USDA awarded the grant as a part of a $146 million investment in sustainable agricultural research projects announced by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on October 6.  This investment is being made by USDA-NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program — the nation’s leading and largest competitive grants program for agricultural sciences.

Tufts University Professor David Kaplan, a renowned cultivated meat expert, will lead the initiative and will be joined by investigators from Virginia Tech, Virginia State, University of California-Davis, MIT, and University of Massachusetts-Boston. The new institute will “develop outreach, extension, and education for the next generation of professionals” in cellular agriculture and lead research that will help to expand the menu of climate-friendly protein options and improve food system resilience.

Earlier this year, Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) called on the Administration to increase alternative protein research when she said on April 14, 2021: “I believe research holds the key to making agriculture a solution to the climate crisis. . . . [W]e should pursue parity in research funding for alternative proteins. The United States can continue to be a global leader on alternative protein science, and these technologies can play an important role in combatting climate change and adding resiliency to our food system.”

Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT): “USDA’s historic funding for a National Institute for Cellular Agriculture is an important advancement for cultivated meat research and science. I am pleased that USDA’s leadership continues to recognize the important role these technologies can play in combating climate change and adding much needed resiliency to our food system.”

Assistant Speaker Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA): “This is a major step forward in our work to tackle climate change, infuse resiliency into our food systems, and build a stronger, more sustainable future. I am thrilled that this historic grant will be housed in the 5th District at Tufts University, a true leader in cultivated meat research, and am eager to see this transformative research brought to life,” said Rep. Katherine Clark whose district includes the Tufts School of Engineering, where this research will primarily take place.

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