Meat Grown in Space for the First Time Ever

In this image made from video provided by NASA Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko center participates in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station with Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin obscured on Wednesday

"We are working on a fresh capacity to scheme the identical meat, but in a capacity that uses decrease than half of the greenhouse gases", stated Didier Toubia, CEO of Aleph Farms.

Final month, a collaboration amongst 4 firms from Israel, Russia and the US produced the primary ever "space beef steak" contained in the Worldwide House Station.

Researchers said the project was carried out to show how lab-grown meat can be cultivated in tough conditions with minimal resources.

Beef production uses up a lot of land and resources.

Founded in 2017 by Toubia and Professor Shulamit Levenberg as part of a collaboration between Israeli food tech incubator The Kitchen, and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Aleph Farms says its 3D technology enables it to mimic traditional cuts of beef in both structure and texture.

Cultivated, slaughter-free meat produced by in vitro cultivation of animal cells is an ambitious solution to the challenges facing the planet in the future.

There will be almost three billion more mouths to feed in 2050 than there were in 2010, according to the World Resources Institute.


Through an global collaboration between 3D Bioprinting Solutions (Russia); Meal Source Technologies (US); and Finless Foods (USA), Aleph Farms, a food company that grows cultivated beef steaks, hopes to make progress toward fulfilling its promise: to enable unconditional access to safe and nutritious meat anytime, anywhere, while using minimal resources.

Earlier, Aleph Farms successfully produced a steak strip on earth in December, which took two weeks to grow from cells.

Cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka conducting the "cultivated beef steak" experiment aboard the International Space Station on September 26, 2019.

The "3D bioprinter is equipped with a magnetic force which aggregated the cells into one small-scaled tissue, which is what meat is constructed by", Yoav Reisler, an external relations manager at Aleph Farms, told Space.com in an email. Credit: 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

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

"On Earth or up above, we count on innovators like Aleph Farms to take the initiative to provide solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, such as the climate crisis", he added.

"This keystone of human achievement in space follows Yuri Gagarin's success of becoming the first man to journey into outer space, and Neil Armstrong's 50th anniversary this year, celebrating the moment when the first man walked on space".

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