An inventive and environmentally conscious food company, Aleph Farms, recently stated that it had made progress towards its endeavour to produce cruelty-free meat, after having effectively created meat on the ISS (International Space Station).
Basically, cells derived from bovines are given specific nutrients before being grown in an area similar to that of a cow’s body. The cells then begin to develop muscle tissue and end up forming a steak that any meat-lover would enjoy.
Aleph Farms teamed up with a Russian bioprinting firm to execute this achievement at the end of last month. The team manufactured “a small-scale muscle tissue in a 3D bioprinter developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, under micro-gravity conditions,” said Aleph Farms. “This cutting-edge research in some of the most extreme environments imaginable, serves as an essential growth indicator of sustainable food production methods that don’t exacerbate land waste, water waste, and pollution”.
Although the new age meat isn’t available to the public just yet, the company anticipates it will be prepared for commercial production with the next few years.
Why is grown meat better than regular meat?
In addition to serving as a food source for astronauts embarking on long space operations, this option could also ameliorate the food crisis on the ground. The Chief Executive Officer of Aleph Farms, Didier Toubia, says that animal agriculture is essentially a system that simply converts animals into profits, and growing cruelty-free meat is a much better choice ethically as well as environmentally.
The food and land usage required to manufacture beef is substantially more than pigs and chickens. Beef accounts for more than 40 percent of livestock carbon emissions.
“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 liters (around 3960 gallons) of water available to produce one kilogram (2.2lbs) of beef,” said Toubia. “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.”