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3D Printed Meat is here to steer us towards a healthier future

Also, it can be made cheap and convenient enough to print your own steak at home, whenever you fancy one.

3D printers are all the rage nowadays and for a good reason. From face shields and respirators during the thick of the pandemic, to working heart and kidneys, a technology initially designed for cheap toys is now saving lives. But what about food?


Instead of gassing and slaughtering animals, we can just take a few stem cells with a needle under general anaesthesia, much like the doctors do with pregnant women, to ensure the healthy future of a baby. So there's nothing cruel or inhumane about the process, since it's done in the same way to humans already.

Yes, those are in fact 3D printed! - Credit: Slashgear

Yes, those are in fact 3D printed! - Credit: Slashgear

The wonderful thing about the stem cells it that you can program them to be whatever you want and then multiply them at will. Well, as long as you're not trying to make pork chops from a cow's stem cells, of course. Since there's no animal involved after the sample, there are no organs, no blood, no bones.

Environmentally friendly

There's no environmental damage either, since the process only requires electricity, and not a lot of it. There's no burning of fossil fuels involved, since there's no heavy transportation of animals, feed, CO2 or heavy machinery. No greenhouse emissions from the animals themselves, since there are no gassy cows to spread methane.

Credit: Green Queen

Credit: Green Queen

And by all means, it is sustainable, because you only need to take a stem cell sample once! There's no need to prick animals with a needle every time you want a steak - it's just a matter of replicating cells. And they will be completely identical, meaning pure meat which tastes the same and has a remarkable consistency in quality.

Healthy and personalised

The thing about programming the future steak is that you can literally make it healthy by default. By removing the bad kind of cholesterol and adding some beneficial Omega-type acids instead, the realm of possibilities is nearly endless, even with our currently limited knowledge. At least we know which genes produce what, which is very handy to find the perfect taste qualities as well.

Credit: Kr-Asia

Credit: Kr-Asia

By being able to create meat in such a way, we would be able to personalise every steak from the ground up, to the level of deliciousness we want. Yes, I'm talking about the technology going mainstream. It is surprisingly affordable and it's not too much of a pain to produce a home appliance in the observable future.

Where can you try it

You can order 3D printed chicken meals in Singapore, thanks to the "Eat Just" startup company, based in California. Also a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel is serving cell-cultured chicken as it tests the new "clean meat" on classic dishes. But with over 100 companies building their plants as we speak, it's estimated that by 2040 the share of 3D printed meat would be around 35 percents and rapidly growing all around the world.

3D printed Japanese Wagyu Steak - Credit: Futurism

3D printed Japanese Wagyu Steak - Credit: Futurism

Now the not-so-good part - vegans, vegetarians and deeply religious people still consider this to be a cardinal sin of sorts, although the arguments are unclear . . or rather lacking. And in Japan, the idea of 3D printed fish just leads to straight anger, from one of the most composed nations in the world. Yet people around the globe are drinking alcohol with no regrets, even though your precious drink starts life in a glass jar, in a lab, before being approved for production. It's kind of hypocrisy, don't you think?

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