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Hype Over Cell-Cultured Meat and Space Experiment

10/16/2019

Media reports recently report on an experiment conducted on the international space station to demonstrate the feasibility of synthesizing cell-cultured meat under zero gravity. According to the October 8th press release, the activity represented a collaboration between 3D Bioprinting Solutions of Russia, Aleph Farms of Israel and both Meal Source Technology and Finless Foods based in the U.S.

A small quantity of muscle tissue was apparently synthesized. In commenting on this achievement Didier Toubia, CEO of Aleph Farms stated “This joint experiment mounts a significant first step towards achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come while preserving our natural resources”.

The exercise can be regarded as little more than a publicity endeavor with no meaningful practical or commercial application, certainly for the intermediate future.

To be viable, cell-cultured meat must be available at a competitive price compared with alternative vegetable and animal-sourced protein. This objective according to promoters of the technology is always just five years away, but please keep those investments coming in as we are almost there.