Startup Hitches Ride on ISS to Make Space Meat

James Marshall
October 8, 2019

Didier Toubia, CEO of Aleph Farms, said: "We are working on a new method to produce the same meat, but in a way that uses less than half of the greenhouse gases".

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.

Last month, a collaboration among four companies from Israel, Russia and the USA produced the first ever "space beef steak" inside the International Space Station.

The meat was produced in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) in an experiment on 26 September, as part of an international collaboration between Aleph Farms, US-based companies Meal Source Technologies and Finless Foods, and Russian tech company 3D Bioprinting Solutions. "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".

Its method to produce cultivated beef steaks relies on mimicking a natural process of muscle-tissue regeneration occurring inside the cow's body, but under controlled conditions.

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.

While partly a publicity stunt, the experiment's goal was to help the Aleph Farms advance its research into meat production in harsh conditions without depending on natural resources, the company said.

While of us on Earth is also marching into a meatless future, astronauts exploring outer residing restful should always consume true animal protein, per NASA's weight reduction program options.

On Earth, animal farming has been recognized as one of the most environmentally taxing industries. The startup says it implements a combination of six unique technologies that allow it to drop the production costs of the meat, including innovative approaches to an animal-free growth medium to nourish the cells, and bioreactors - the tanks in which the tissue grows. A World Resources Institute report in July found that Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40% and Europeans by 22%, for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050.

"The mission of providing access to high-quality nutrition anytime, anywhere in a sustainable way is an increasing challenge for all humans", said Jonathan Berger, CEO of The Kitchen accelerator that co-founded Aleph.

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