3D Printed Meat

Andrea Strang / als2380

Summary:

The meat industry faces many sustainability problems. Animal livestock uses large amounts of land, which has led to deforestation. Additionally, the meat industry is also is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions as methane from livestock and nitrous oxide from fertilizer and manure.

Technology:

3D Printed Meat: Lab-Based Alternative Could Unite Both Meat Lovers, Vegans–Find Out Why, Tech Times https://www.techtimes.com/articles/260444/20210520/3d-printed-meat-lab-based-alternative-unite-both-lovers-vegans.htm

  1. 3D printed meat is becoming more commonplace since it began in 2018. The startup, “Eat Just,” has been producing 3D printed meat and has introduced this meant to the Singaporean consumer marketplace. And currently, a restaurant in Tel-Aviv has been offering lab-grown chicken dishes.
  2. The cell-grown meat is produced from one stem cell from a cow or chicken egg, which is humanely extracted while the is anesthetized. The cell is than lab grown into a tissue, and then a 3D printer will be used to transform the tissue into edible products.
  3. The challenge will be in convincing consumers to try lab grown meat.

Stakeholders:

  • Consumers
  • Livestock Industry
  • Restaurants/Grocery Stores

Next Steps:

  1. Further R&D into making 3D printed meat as realistic as possible in both taste and look.
  2. Public education efforts about the environmental and humanitarian benefits and overall safety of migrating from real meat to 3D printed meat.
  3. Partner with supermarket chains that are ethically and sustainably minded to gain consumer base and following.

One thought on “3D Printed Meat

  1. I expect that lab grown meat will become more of an option in the future, much like aquaculture now provide more than 50% of the seafood that the world eats instead of wild-caught seafood. It is a bit more of a stretch, but not really. I wonder two things about the 3D printing aspect of this product, however.
    1-If it is grown from a stem cell, what is the need for the 3D printing of it? Does it just create a heap of muscle cells that then need to be rearranged into something that looks like it came from an animal?
    2-If we’re 3D printing anyway, why not do something interesting? If this catches on, I expect we may start to see meat shaped like many different things. Some functional designs to increase surface area for faster grilling, perhaps, and some artistic creations. It’s maybe kind of gross, but if marketed as a luxury item, I expect there would absolutely be a market for it.

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