Biochemist Yuki Hanyu's vision for the future includes a supermarket that has plenty of meat, none of which has come from a farm. Instead, it has all been grown in a laboratory.

Hanyu is the founder of Tokyo-based startup Shojinmeat Project, a team of volunteers who are conducting research on "cultured meat."

Cultured meat — also called synthetic meat, cell-cultured meat, clean meat and lab-grown meat — refers to meat that is grown from animal cells through a scientific process conducted in a lab.