An international collaboration between 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Russia, Israeli-based Aleph Farms, and U.S.-based Meal Source Technology and Finless Foods has successfully produced cell-based meat aboard the International Space Station—248 miles away from any natural resources. Aleph Farms, which creates steaks from animal cells, was able to assemble a small-scale bit of muscle tissue in a 3D bioprinter, developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, under microgravity conditions, proving its concept that meat can be created in a lab in even the most extreme of environments.
“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 L [approximately 3,963 gal] of water available to produce one kg [2.2 lb] of beef,” said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms. “This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources. This keystone of human achievement in space follows Yuri Gagarin’s success of becoming the first man to journey into outer space, and Neil Armstrong’s 50th anniversary this year, celebrating the moment when the first man walked on [the moon].”
While the proof of concept in space was successful, it will likely take at least three years before consumers on Earth will be able to buy Aleph Farms’ cell-based meat. “The mission of providing access to high-quality nutrition anytime, anywhere in a sustainable way is an increasing challenge for all humans,” said Jonathan Berger, CEO of The Kitchen accelerator that co-founded Aleph.
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Five new strawberry varieties boasting properties that will help growers control costs, better manage diseases, and use less water, fertilizer, and pesticides have been developed through the Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).
An international collaboration between 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Russia, Israeli-based Aleph Farms, and U.S.-based Meal Source Technology and Finless Foods has successfully produced cell-based meat aboard the International Space Station.
The United Nations has announced its Global Climate Action Awards for 2019. The award-winning projects range from an initiative to train sub-Saharan African women sustainable agriculture practices to a “climate positive” burger.
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Dow has announced the winners of the 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards, which recognize the packaging industry’s top achievements in innovative packaging design, materials, technologies, and processes.
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Tyson Foods, through its corporate venture subsidiary, Tyson Ventures, has completed an investment in New Wave Foods.
Conagra Brands has announced plans to build The Conagra Brands Center for Food Design in Chicago, located next to its existing headquarters in The Merchandise Mart.