Aleph Farms succesfully produces cell-grown meat in space

Scientists have successfully cultured bovine cells on board the International Space Station

Scientists have successfully cultured bovine cells on board the International Space Station

But unlike the plant-based formulas pioneered by companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, Aleph Farms specializes in "cell-grown" meat, which not only tastes like meat, but is also chemically identical to real flesh. The ISS is a low-orbit space station that serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Outer space isn't exactly teeming with water-more than 2,400 gallons of which is needed to produce 1 pound of meat.

"We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition", said Didier Toubia, co-founder and chief executive of Aleph Farms. "This joint experiment marks a vital first step in opposition to reaching our imaginative and prescient to make definite food security for generations to achieve support, whereas preserving our pure resources".

The RSC Energia spacecraft. Just without beef's huge environmental impact, its heavy resource requirements, or its contribution to climate change. Cows grow and reproduce slower than pigs and poultry, so they eat a lot more and need more land and water.

In December, Aleph Farms unveiled the first prototype of lab-grown steak in the world - to much fanfare.

Aleph Farms' lab-grown steak.

And the next frontier was apparently space.

The experiment used to be led by Israeli startup Aleph Farms with beef up from Russian biotech company 3D Bioprinting Solutions and US -based mostly totally Meal Offer Technologies and Finless Meals. They assembled "a small-scale muscle tissue in a 3D bio-printer developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, under micro-gravity conditions", Aleph Farms said in a press release. The experiment has now opened the door to a future where astronauts can grow their own meat on space exploration missions. So it's pretty incredible what researchers have achieved with a 3D bioprinter in microgravity conditions.

Beyond Meat Inc., a company that touts its production process as more humane and sustainable than livestock production, has seen its stock soar since its early May debut price. On September 26, 2019, aboard the Russian segment of the global space station, a successful proof of concept was established in assembling a small-scale muscle tissue in a 3D bioprinter under micro-gravity conditions.

The company notes the proof-of-concept experiment is meant to demonstrate the efficiency of its cutting-edge cell cultivation process.

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