You read that right! The meat giant is betting big on clean meat and investing in a future where meat doesn’t come from animals killed in a slaughterhouse. The investment follows a slew of other high-profile backers including Cargill Inc., Bill Gates and Richard Branson.

Just last March, Tyson CEO Tom Hayes was quoted as saying he sees plant-based protein as a big part of the company’s future, “If you take a look at the FAO stats, protein consumption is growing around the world—and it continues to grow. It’s not just hot in the U.S.; it’s hot everywhere, people want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”

Memphis Meats, which debuted its first animal-free meatball in 2016, followed by the world’s first chicken strip in 2017, said customers should expect to see these products on store shelves by 2021 or 2022.

In a press release, Dr. Uma Valeti, co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats, said:

“We are excited that Tyson Foods will be joining us in our mission to bring meat to the table in a sustainable, affordable and delicious way. Our vision is for the world to eat what it loves, in a way that addresses today’s challenges for the environment, animal welfare and public health. We are accelerating our work and building out a world-class team to make this a reality.”

As exciting as this news is, you don’t have to wait for clean meat to hit the market to start helping animals. Join the millions of people who have switched to a compassionate, sustainable, and healthy plant-based diet today. Check out our Recipe section to get started!