Artificial Meat Made in Space Is Coming to a Supermarket Shelf near You

By: | October 19th, 2019

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Recently a Russian cosmonaut created an artificial meat aboard the International Space Station. In future this clean meat is expected to come to a supermarket shelf near you.

Didier Toubia, the head of Aleph Farms said, this innovation “could make long-term travel possible and renew space exploration,” “But our goal is to sell meat on Earth,”

Experiment carried out in September by cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, resulted in the production of beef, rabbit and fish tissue using a 3D printer. The experiment was conducted aboard the Russian section of the International Space Station by an international collaboration of US, Russian and Israeli companies.

Bioprinter from 3D Bioprinting Solutions was used. Artificial meat was produced in weightlessness at the International Space Station using the magnetic field in microgravity.

This is a revolutionary development that will provide people with real meat without the environmental impact and welfare problems of intensive livestock production.

Although it is a revolutionary research, but you will have to wait for long time before you could see artificial meat in the racks of your supermarket. At present, the cost of production is very high and clean meat need to go through numerous tests before it could be cleared for commercial sale.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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