RESPECTfarms, the world's first cultivated meat farm

RESPECTfarms aims to help farmers and ranchers diversify their businesses to share in the promise of cultivated meat. Dutchman Willem van Eelen started working on this technology in the 1980s and RESPECTfarms is advancing his vision of the farms of the future.

Willem van Eelen

 The world is changing fast and cultivated meat will play a central role in meeting the protein demands of the future. We need to invest now to make sure farmers are included in a fair and just transition!

Why we need cultivated meat of a farm

When it comes to efficient meat production, there are limits even to what the Dutch can do. As Europe’s number one meat exporter, we are running into natural resource boundaries that we need to respect for the benefit of future generations. The technological development of cultivated meat can help provide the world and its ever-growing appetite for meat with a solution: sustainable, locally produced beef, pork, and poultry.

However, no one innovation will solve all our challenges. It must be effectively combined with reforms to existing animal agriculture and be part of a just protein transition that includes today’s farmers and ranchers. RESPECTfarms works to bridge the gap between scientists and the farmers that raise the top-quality animals that need to be sampled to make cultivated meat. Our farms will incorporate the best of both of those worlds and be open for the world to see just how the sausage of the future is made. 

How we take the next logical step in centuries of food culture

Cultured meat technology is perceived as disruptive, but RESPECTfarms offer a different point of view. We focus on leveraging the existing expertise, networks, and entrepreneurial spirit of our farmers instead of replacing them. That way, we’ll all benefit from the major environmental breakthroughs of slaughter-free meat, but also from short and transparent value chains, and the strong cultural fabric of local production for local demand. What’s more, the scalability inherent to the RESPECTfarms concept paves the way for profitability regardless of farm and herd sizes.

The gains of a RESPECTfarm

The first farm will serve as a proof-of-concept and will deliver a relatable blueprint for food entrepreneurs to start - or transform - their business.

A physical place to learn; designed for curiosity, experiments, research & development (R&D) and knowledge sharing.


We can reduce the number of animals in the foodchain while making the same or more of the meat people love, but with a lower carbon footprint.


Cultured meat farming

Invest today! So we can invite you to taste it tomorrow

The best way to prove a concept, is to just do it. That’s why we are building the first Proof of Concept farm,

inviting future meat-eaters, (local) governments and value chain partners into the design process.

Proof of Concept Cultivated meat farm

Meat is part of our culture. Help us build even more RESPECT around meat.

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