Aleph Farms’ 3D-Bioprinted, Cultivated Steak: A Sustainable Future for Meat Production?


Scarlett Buckley, Sustainable Brands

Jun 8, 2021


Innovators such as Aleph Farms could change the meat industry for good: Your steak can now be grown in a lab — offering the same texture and taste of a conventional steak, without the environmental and ethical consequences.


With global meat consumption expected to rise annually through to 2023, the world is faced with a dilemma — food production is responsible for 26 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions; 50 percent of the world's habitable land is used for agriculture; and 80 percent of this agricultural land is used for livestock. However, collectively, livestock accounts for less than 20 percent of the world’s calories.


And the immense environmental consequences of raising this livestock are well-documented. The industrial meat industry is a major contributor to climate change, water pollution, deforestation, forest fires, loss of biodiversity, acid rain, human rights abuses, and land grabbing. The intensive farming practices are having a global impact, with beef as one of the biggest offenders; per kilogram of beef is responsible for 60kgs of greenhouse gases and requires 900 gallons of water to produce.


With the demand for meat not slowing down, innovators and scientists around the world have been working to create delicious alternatives without the harsh environmental impacts. The exploding market for plant-based protein alternatives is a promising development, but there remains a need for additional, sustainable meat sources that can satisfy the world’s appetite.


Enter Aleph Farms: The Israeli startup has teamed up with the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and created the world’s first cultivated, slaughter-free ribeye steak — 3D-bioprinted with live cultured animal tissue...


... In a recent study, strategy and management consulting firm AT Kearney predicted that by 2040, 35 percent of all meat consumed worldwide will be cell-based...


...Aleph Farms is building a pilot plant called the BioFarm™ in Israel, which Toubia says will be operational by the end of 2022; Aleph aims to launch its first product, a thin-cut beef steak, later that year...


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