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The chief rabbi says lab-grown meat is kosher. But does it taste good?

Lab-grown meat has received FDA approval and may be coming to supermarkets soon. But what about those with specific dietary traditions?

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Baruch Lau has recognized Aleph Farms' lab-cultivated steaks as kosher. The brand will soon seek a kosher certificate for its products.

Made by harvesting cells from a living animal (using anesthesia) and cultivating them to form pieces of meat that look and taste a lot like the steaks, hamburgers, and fish fillets we've been eating for generations, lab grown meat does not require animals to be reared, confined, or slaughtered

The ruling has opened the door for Aleph Farms to certify its production facility in Rehovot and its products as kosher — creating a new point of entry into the lucrative kosher market.

It also is a promising sign for the company’s attempts to market its products to other religious groups with strict rules around meat consumption or ritual slaughter — like Muslims and Hindus.

Aleph Farms CEO Didier Toubia says this development "sets a foundation for an inclusive public discourse about the intersection of tradition and innovation in our society."

The market of lab-grown meat is expected to soar to $2 billion by 2035. 

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