Beef grown on ISS in milestone for cultured meat

Katie Ramirez
October 9, 2019

The Israeli food technology startup Aleph Farms grew the meat on the International Space Station, 248 miles (339 km) away from any natural resources. However, Aleph's Yoav Reisler said that the company planned to build on the experiment and make synthetic beef steaks available on terra firma using large-scale "bio-farms".

"In space, we do not have 10,000 or 15,000 litres of water available to produce one kilogram of beef", said Didier Toubia, Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms.

The RSC Energia spacecraft. Just without beef's huge environmental impact, its heavy resource requirements, or its contribution to climate change.

On the space station, the experiment involved growing a piece of meat by mimicking a cow's natural muscle-tissue regeneration process. The cells eventually multiply and grow connective tissue - and become a full-sized steak.

Since the experiment marks the first time meat was cultivated and grown in space, he compared it to the other significant moments in the history of spaceflight.

And the next frontier was apparently space.

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Having produced the enviornment's first "take a look at tube steak" in 2018, they partnered with Russian technology company 3D Bioprinting Alternate suggestions to support its first time out into space. The bovine cells, which came from Earth, were then grown into muscle tissue through a 3D bioprinter. All under microgravity conditions.

Whereas individuals on Earth could also be marching right into a meatless future, astronauts exploring outer house nonetheless must eat actual animal protein, per NASA's vitamin suggestions.

"We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition", Toubia told The Guardian on Monday. 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.

"This cutting-edge research in some of the most extreme environments imaginable, serves as an essential growth indicator of sustainable food production methods that don't exacerbate land waste, water waste, and pollution", the company said in a statement.

The reasoning behind Aleph Farm's efforts to produce "slaughter-free meat in space", as the company describes it, is because of climate change, according to a press release sent by the company to Space.com. "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".

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