Creating artificial meat in not anymore a concept you have read in science fiction. Today, it is just a matter of time till it reaches to your nearest supermarkets as a Russian cosmonaut has discovered the process recently. Using a 3d printer, the production of fish, beef, and rabbit tissue have been possible at the International Space Station. In addition, it is going to make the space-travelling easier and better.
The Israeli startup Aleph Farms has provided these cells for the lab tests, and the result is a successful one, as the head of the startup confirms. Also, he added that the mission of the research is to sell these products on earth. The entire concept of making artificial meat is the produce an alternative of the traditional factory farming.
What’s In The Artificial Meat?
Mark Post, a Dutch scientist, is a renowned name related to artificial meat, and he is from Maastricht University. In 2013, Post produced the first burger with artificial meat designed with cow stem cells. Since then, several startups initiated the plan to bring artificial meat to the supermarkets for making it available for the familiar people.
However, as the cost of the products is quite high, it is not yet available at the market for sale. Along with this, there is a dispute regarding the name of the meat. Some scientists are calling it laboratory meat; some are calling it cell-based meat, and some scientists are calling it cultivated meat.
Tough the people have not confirmed the name, the tastings of this meat have already taken place. The industrialists are trying to bank of small-scale commercialization of this meat very quickly. Josh Tetrick, the head of California’s JUST Company, assures that the marketing of this meat is going to start by the end of this year. However, he added that the production is not going to be a huge as to make it available in the Walmarts or in McDonald’s, but in some specific restaurants.
Meat To Arrive At The Supermarket
Niya Gupta, the founder and CEO of Fork & Goode, says that the buyers need to understand the production cost of such meats and then determine the value of the high price. She says that science has made it possible, and now the next challenge is dependent upon engineering. According to the estimation in the USA, these meats can arrive at the supermarket in five to twenty years as the mass production needs time.
The Good Food Institute is a reputed organization, which beliefs in the production of alternatives to fish and meat. In addition, it suggests that the sector dedicated to this study has attracted only $73 million of cost in 2018. The benefit of this type of meat will be a reduction of animal killing on earth. However, the questions related to energy consumption and safety are yet not clear. Whatever the outcome is, the industry is undoubtedly going to earn a good profit out of the artificial meat as people are turning vegetarians these days.