3D Printed Meat: A Lab Alternative Could Bring Meat Lovers And Vegans Together – Find Out Why
The technology behind 3D printing is beyond imaginable. Before, houses were only made of wood, concrete and other materials. Thanks to advanced processes, people can now have their dream home through additive manufacturing involving a three-dimensional object.
The process goes deep into creating a dietary alternative, especially in the form of lab-grown meat. For years, scientists have been experimenting with creating 3D meat, which they believe could solve the problem between vegans and meat lovers.
Indeed, the livestock industry is changing rapidly and its constantly growing market is commonplace for consumers. Now audiences might finally have a chance to describe the taste of cell culture meat, which we only got to hear in the movies.
3D printed meat production is happening right now
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The alternative to the lab, 3D printed meat could be the link between meat lovers and vegans in their food preferences.
In an article written by IFL Science, the concept of 3D printed meat cultivation is now a reality for the public. So far, a startup, “Eat Just” from California has supplied cell culture meats in various flavors to its Singaporean consumers.
In February, Israel succeeded in developing its first 3D printed steak. Currently, the lab-improved chicken market is expanding as a Tel Aviv-based restaurant begins selling cultured meat, which goes well with popular “chicken” dishes in the region.
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Could 3D printed meat be the perfect way to connect meat lovers and vegans?
The rare opportunity to have both vegans and meat lovers at one table sounds like a dream, but through this 3D printed meat, the feud between the two groups could be resolved in an instant.
The perfect connection can be made between the two types of eaters since the alternative to cell culture can provide a satisfying taste and appearance that we could see and savor in real meat.
Other than that, people will not be guilty of consuming 3D printed animal meat because it will not harm the environment. For vegans, since they cannot disobey the golden rule of eating animal meat to please their palate, there is no ethical violation if they consider trying this meat.
How is 3D printed meat created?
Cell culture meat is mainly produced by human removal of a stem cell from a cow or chicken egg. The animal involved in the process is anesthetized.
From there it will be taken care of and later become an edible tissue. Then a 3D printer will be used to create its similar look and transform the food into the usual type that we eat.
The scientists who developed the 3D printed meats said the end products tasted the same as the real ones we normally eat in our burgers and steaks.
However, the challenge with this alternative is to what extent it is enough to convince consumers to try it, because ABC reported earlier this week.
Before it becomes suitable for public consumption, there will be extensive decision making that will be taken into account. Cultured meat 3D printing technology started in 2018, and at that time only a few consumers said they would eat it
What’s eye-catching about this trend is its nature-friendly impact, as no animal killing is included in its production. However, a Study 2020 concluded that 72% of people at GenZ in Australia were not yet ready to embrace cell-raised meat despite the lack of its environmental impacts.
“However, if cultured meat is to replace protein of animal origin, it will have to appeal emotionally and intellectually to Generation Z consumers,” said Dr Bogueve, a researcher at the University of Sydney.
By 2040, we could have made 35% of cultured meat to meet consumer demand. In the future, people might gradually like 3D printing on the usual meat.
It is only a matter of time before everyone openly accepts this technology.
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