First Lab-Grown Meat in Space


A food start-up company has successfully cultured cattle cells at the International Space Station, located 400 km from the Earth. This culturing process takes place when the stem cells of the main organism reproduce under favorable conditions. In this study carried out at the station, small size muscle tissue was obtained from bovine cells using a 3D bioprinter.

Bovine cells were collected on the Earth and taken into space, where they were grown in small-scale muscle tissue using a 3D bioprinter. This method is based on imitating a natural muscle tissue regeneration process that occurs in a cow's body. Experiment; It was held on September 26th, 2019, in the Russian part of the space station and involved merging small-sized muscle tissue into a bioprinter under controlled microgravity conditions. This technique is thought to be used to provide meat to people living in the space station in the future. Such significant development is taking another step forward for an emerging industry that aims to provide real meat to people without the environmental impact and welfare problems of intensive livestock production.

In the past December, Aleph Farms[1] announced that the steak grown from the cells in the lab produced a prototype "strip," but it was said to have a taste to be improved. Didier Toubia, co-founder and manager of Aleph Farms, proves that Lab meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition. At the right time, he can provide a potentially powerful solution to supplying closer food to the population.

Toubia also stated that 10,000 or 15,000 liters of water do not exist in space to produce 1 kg of beef. This joint experiment is an important step in achieving his vision of ensuring food safety for future generations by protecting our natural resources while drawing attention to increasing feeding problems. Recent scientific research has found that significant reductions in meat nutrition are required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid dangerous climate changes. Avoiding animal-based food consumption is thought to be the most meaningful way to reduce the environmental impact of the individual on the planet.

Vegan/vegetarian alternatives such as almond milk, etc., mentioned in the previous article[2], need less water and soil than their animal counterparts. The "Veg foods and lab meats," which I think will be the drug for the food supply-demand balance that deteriorates with the rapidly increasing world population, will have a considerable share in the food market in the coming years.

In my next article, I will talk about the data of the future projections of the food market[3] that are outside this mainstream. If it is required to emphasize the importance of the subject, in 2025, the vegan food market share is expected to be 24 Billion USD.[5] This part also corresponds to half of Turkey's food market[4], in 2018.




[1] A food start-up company producing lab meat

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[3] Food market outside the mainstream; market consisting mainly of organic, vegan & vegetarian etc. labeled products



[6] Meat type produced by imitating the natural regeneration process of living muscle tissue under laboratory conditions.