Food technology is an unstoppable force and Israeli start-up Aleph Farms is proof. As one of only a handful of cultured meat companies in the world, Aleph Farms has announced three-dimensional technology that will advance the production of cultured meat in two unique ways: by expanding the composition of meat and growing meat in a more structured way. Instead of growing cells in animals’ bodies, Aleph Farm’s unique 3D technology will grow cells in industrial bioreactors, similar to a brewery.
According to Aleph Farms, up until now, cultured meat has been limited to simple structures of one of two types of cell tissues – which effectively limits the products they’re able to produce to ground beef that will likely be processed in the final product.
“Our 3D technology gives us the ability to grow all the cells that make up traditional meat together: the muscle fibers, the fat, the blood vessels, and the connective tissue, such as collagen, that binds it. This is our main competitive advantage: our meat grows together like real meat,” said Didier Toubia, Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms.
Aleph Farms is currently in the research and development stage, but the start-up plans to produce commercial quantities of cultured beef within just two years. The start-up was founded in 2017, but due to investments, the company has already leveraged ten years of advanced research in the field of regenerative medicine. Aleph Farms has identified Europe, the U.S., and Asia as their key export markets.
“Consumers – especially millennials and flexitarians – care about animal welfare and the environment,” explains Didier. “At the same time, they want to eat juicy, indulgent steak – not just ‘protein.’ Our goal is to help these consumers adhere to their personal standards, while getting to enjoy safe, sustainable meat.”
Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of The Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit promoting the clean meat industry, is excited to see what’s in store for Aleph Farms. “Aleph Farms’ advantages are its strong R&D capabilities, academic collaborations, and experienced team. These give the company a significant leg up!” Friedrich said in a statement.
The emergence of lab-cultured meat is promising because, in order to fix our broken food system, consumers across the world need to eat less meat and dairy. For those who don’t want to give up meat but are concerned about the environment, their health, and the welfare of animals, cultured meat is an answer. Research by Oxford and Amsterdam Universities found that switching to clean meat would allow a reduction of up to 98 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 99 percent of land exploitation, and up to 96 percent in water usage!
We can’t wait to see what’s next for Aleph Farms. For more information on Aleph Farms, visit their website.
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