More than 28,000 applications have been filed in the United States related to plant proteins that aim to capture some of the market for meats.
China is second with more than 20,000 patents.
And now comes word that SciFi Foods has discovered a way to multiply meat cells to make laboratory meats that cut costs 1,000-fold. It hopes to have products on the market by 2014.
Plant-protein products use ingredients such as peas. Cell-cultured products are fashioned from animal cells that are cultured in a bioreactor