New Delhi: Meat grown in a laboratory from animal cells, or ‘clean meat’ may help to resolve the problem of lynching, assault and intimidation by cow vigilantes, believes Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. Addressing a seminar on ‘Future of Protein Summit’ at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, Gandhi asserted that there is a need to create alternative source of meat.

“People are being lynched for taking cows for slaughter. Why this terror?,” the Union Minister asked. Notably, the ‘Future of Protein Summit’ was first of its kind which  discussed the expansion and feasibility of “clean meat” in the country.

Referring to a private survey, Gandhi said that nearly 66 per cent people are ready to consume lab-grown ‘ahimsa’ meat taken from animal cells. She claimed that several top IT giants were investing in the clean meat technology, reported leading daily Times of India.

Maneka said that the survey has found 46 per cent people have no issue in buying clean meat regularly while 53 per cent wants to replace conventional meat with the clean one.

“Cellular meat is already available but has to be commercialised. If we allow other countries to distribute, it will be expensive. We need to bring in a second disruption where animal meat should be replaced with clean meat,” TOI quoted Maneka as saying.

She also urged  Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) to make the technology available so that ‘clean meat’ can be sold in the markets in the next five years. The minister also claimed that  the clean meat technology would also boost rural economy.