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Israeli Company Launches 3D-Printed, Lab-Grown Ribeye Steak

It is now possible to produce slaughter-free ribeye steaks. The Israeli company Aleph Farms have created a ribeye using 3D bioprinting. This means that the steak has real beef cells. Aleph Farms collaborated with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to create the lab-grown meat. The 3D bioprinting should allow the meat to have the qualities, texture, and taste of real beef.

The market for slaughter-free meats is growing.

Plant-based diets are increasing as people become more sensitive to the environmental and ethical implications of meat production. So far, meat-free alternatives have replicated ground meat products. These types of food are easier to create because they lack the structure of meat tissue.

Faux meats are hoping to provide a meaty alternative.

There are many faux meat products currently on the market. In particular, Impossible Foods’ plant-based products have gained popularity. Big chains such as White Castle, Burger King, and KFC feature their products on their menus. But, so far, there are fewer cultured meat products available.

The real money is in replicating meat.

Plant-based products cannot replicate the complex muscle, fat, and connective tissue networks in real meat. Thus, it will be hard for them to break into the whole cuts market. Aleph Farms is hoping to make inroads here.

In a press statement, Shulamit Levenberg, co-founder of Aleph Farms, said, “We recognize some consumers will crave thicker and fattier cuts of meat. This accomplishment represents our commitment to meeting our consumer's unique preferences and taste buds, and we will continue to progressively diversify our offerings.”

This is a milestone for slaughter-free meats.

The cultivated ribeye steak incorporates muscle and fat similarly to real meat, which they believe creates a delicious juicy steak comparable to what your local butcher can provide. Levenberg says, “With the realization of this milestone, we have broken the barriers to introducing new levels of variety into the cultivated meat cuts we can now produce. As we look into the future of 3D bioprinting, the opportunities are endless.”

Perhaps you will see slaughter-free meat at your butcher soon.

h/t: Singularity Hub

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