Aleph Farms grows beef in space for the first time

Aleph Farms grows beef in space for the first time
Courtesy of 3D Bioprinting Solutions

Israeli food-tech, Aleph Farms, has for the first time produced ‘slaughter-free’ meat on the International Space Station, 248 miles away from any natural sources.

The breakthrough was realised via an international collaboration comprising Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions and US companies Meal Source Technologies and Finless Foods.

It’s part of Aleph Farms missive to enable “unconditional access to safe and nutritious meat anytime, anywhere, while using minimal resources”.

The company’s production method of cultivated beef steaks relies on mimicking a natural process of muscle-tissue regeneration occurring inside the cow’s body, but under controlled conditions.

Within the framework of this experiment on the Russian segment of the ISS, a successful proof-of-concept has been established in assembling a small-scale muscle tissue in a 3D bioprinter developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, under micro-gravity conditions.

This research serves as an essential growth indicator of sustainable food production methods that don’t exacerbate land waste, water waste, and pollution. These methods aimed at feeding the rapidly growing population, predicted to reach 10 billion individuals by 2050.

“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 litres of water available to produce one Kg of beef,” says Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms.

“This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources.

“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.”