Beef grown on ISS in milestone for cultured meat

Food has been cultivated in the International Space Station for the first time

Meat has been cultivated in the International Space Station for the first time Credit Nasa

Where's the beef? Looks like it's in space.

Israel-based start-up Aleph Farms has successfully cultivated cell-grown meat in space, over 248 miles away from any natural resources.

"We are working on a new method to produce the same meat, but in a way that uses less than half of the greenhouse gasses", said Didier Toubia, co-founder and chief executive officer of Aleph Farms, noting that the experiment was preliminary and just a proof of concept.

This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving a powerful solution to ensure food security for future generations, while preserving natural resources here on planet Earth.

The RSC Energia spacecraft.

Aleph Farms, founded in 2017, is one of those climate change-fighting startups spearheading the trendy business of fake meat.

Aleph Farms' production method mimics the natural process of muscle-tissue regeneration occurring inside the cow's body, but under controlled conditions. The company focuses on growing cultivated beef steaks, or growing an entire piece of real, edible meat out of just a couple of cells, in this case, bovine cell spheroids, in a lab.

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.

The job began support on Earth, where cells have been taken from cows.

And the next frontier was apparently space. Through an global collaboration set to reach new heights with 3D Bioprinting Solutions (Russia), which develops implementations of 3D bioprinting technologies, Meal Source Technologies (USA) and Finless Foods (USA)- Aleph Farms, co-founded with the food-tech incubator The Kitchen, and Prof. All under microgravity conditions. The experiment took place inside of a 3D bioprinter developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

The team used a technique called 3D bioprinting - essentially, 3D printing biological cells.

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.

In addition to providing food in space, the technology could help to cut food waste back on Earth.

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".

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