Aleph Farms succesfully produces cell-grown meat in space

Aleph Farms succesfully produces cell-grown meat in space

Aleph Farms succesfully produces cell-grown meat in space

In the above video announcement, which was posted on October 7 and comes via The Guardian, Aleph Farms, an Israeli tech startup, proclaims the recent advancement in lab-grown meat research as "a milestone that demonstrates [the company's] capability of producing slaughter-free meat anywhere".

The experiment took place on 26 September on the Russian segment of the space station, and involved the assembly of small-scale muscle tissue in a 3D bioprinter under controlled microgravity conditions. 'This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources'.

According to the company, its production method mimics the natural muscle-tissue regeneration inside the cow's body.

Amidst rising food demands and imminent environmental issues, other companies are seeking ways to produce meat in the lab. Mosa Meats in Holland and Memphis Meats in the U.S. are among Aleph Foods' main competitors.

"In space, we don't have 10,000 or 15,000 liters of water available to produce one kilogram of beef", said Toubia. Aleph Farms used equipment supplied by Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

To make their lab-grown meat, Aleph Farms starts by extracting cells from a cow through a small biopsy.

These methods are aimed at feeding a rapidly growing world population predicted to reach 10 billion individuals by 2050, Aleph Farms said, citing a report published last month by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that argued that conventional animal farming methods contributed greatly to climate change, creating "a challenging situation worse and undermining food security".

You may one day be able to eat burgers grown in space. They say it consumes less water, energy and land, produces less greenhouse gases and reduces animal suffering.

Recent scientific studies have found that huge reductions in meat-eating are essential in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid risky climate change.

Aleph Farms is one of several biotechs aiming to change the way we produce meat.

While the worlds of space travel and bioprinting have been intertwined for some time, they are both now colliding with the world of artificially grown meat. Yes, we've just described a tiny beef steak.

A serving of the "minute steak" costs about USD$50, and the company hopes to launch the product in 2023. The US government's FDA and USDA announced in November they would "jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry".

Before it can hit the shelves, lab-grown meat will face regulatory obstacles.

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