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You Will Soon Be Able To Taste a Lab-Grown Ribeye Steak

Cell-based meat cultivation is on its way.

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The Israeli company Aleph Farms has just unveiled its lab-grown bio-printed slaughter-free fat-marbled ribeye steak. The steak is grown from living cow cells and then incubated to grow, differentiate, and interact in order to acquire the texture and qualities of a real steak. The company claims that it has "the ability to produce any type of steak and plans to expand its portfolio of quality meat products." In The Washington Post, Aleph's chief executive Didier Toubia said that the company plans to begin selling its meats in the second half of 2022. He said that the lab-grown meats would initially be sold as a premium product, but predicted that in five years cultured meats would cost the same as conventional meats.

Aleph's news follows upon San Francisco-based Just Eat, Inc.'s announcement in December that its cultured chicken nuggets have been approved by Singapore's food safety agency and are already being sold in restaurants. Numerous other startups are pursuing the production of cultured meats including Israel-based Future Meat Technologies and Dutch companies Meatable and Mosa Meat, and U.S.-based Memphis Meats.

These cultured meat companies face stiff competition from the burgeoning plant-based meat companies, including the delicious Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods.

While Singapore's regulators have been quick to approve a cultured meat product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture are still in the process of figuring out how they want to regulate lab-grown meats. Let's hope that the FDA will move more swiftly toward approving safe cultured meats than the 24 years it took to approve the sale of salmon genetically enhanced to grow faster.

A switch to cultured meats and milk could have big benefits for the natural world. Currently, about half of the world's habitable land is devoted to agriculture and 77 percent of that is used to raise livestock and produce milk. Although controversial, one preliminary estimate suggests that producing cultured meats cuts energy use by 7–45 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 78–96 percent, land use by 99 percent, and water use by 82–96 percent. The end of farming could be in sight as real factories replace factory farming.

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64 responses to “You Will Soon Be Able To Taste a Lab-Grown Ribeye Steak

  1. Free market response to a consumer demand. Just the way it should be.

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    2. I have hard time believing there is much real demand for this. The fake internet hype is just that… Hype.

      1. Of course there is. There are more and more people every day switching to vegetation/vegan because they don’t want animals harmed for their food. That is why the Impossible Burger and others have a growing market share and mainstream restaurants are putting them on the menu.

        1. Meh, to each their own. If people want to spend their money on this, then more power to ’em.

          Personally, food doesn’t taste nearly as good to me if I can’t picture shooting it right between it’s soulful little eyes.

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          2. Does it taste good to you when you imagine a poor pig living in its own filth, unable to even turn around in its tiny enclosure?

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        2. Sure. But you all ignore the fact that without the demand for farming, those animals will all be killed and not replaced. This is not an animal-friendly policy.

          1. Certainly, the cow will no longer be as plentiful, but if ranch land was returned to “nature” would there be a plus or minus gain to other wildlife?

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          2. A lab grown, meat only animal is still an animal.

            1. No it’s not, it’s just muscle tissue. There is no brain.

        3. No wonder you’re such a pathetic faggot, shreek. Maybe getting less than 80% of your diet from oestrogen-producing soy might help.

        4. There are more and more people every day switching to vegetation/vegan because they don’t want animals harmed for their food.

          Actually, it’s rather the opposite. Places where immitation meat has been introduced haven’t seen a switch or disproportionate increase in meatless products. When it first came out, BK was selling around 40 Impossible Burgers a day. 6 mos. later and it was down to 30 and losing ground relative to their meat products so they cut the price. 6 mos. after the price cut, it’s at around 20 Impossible Burgers a day. The ‘converts’ it has won are the fast food customers who would shovel manure in their mouths if you slathered enough mayo on it. Even then, they’d go home, grill their steaks to well done, put some ketchup on it, and continue shoveling.

          If it were meaningfully attracting or converting meatless consumers, the effect was transient and is tapering off. That’s what tends to happen when you invest a lot of science in virtue signalling. See The Catholic Church.

          1. When it first came out, BK was selling around 40 Impossible Burgers a day.

            Sorry, your average BK was selling around 40 a day.

        5. ha ha…that will die very quickly as folks realize the toxins in “plant based” fake meat. Sorry adding heavy metals and other cancer causing additives in fake meat will be rejected by the market…the only meat you should eat is from living animals not cells…

      2. The cost of this steak will be the same as a steak in five years, but 1/3rd the cost of a steak in ten years.

        They will have the ability to provide the flavor of a Ribeye in the texture of a Tenderloin.

        This is so clearly the future that I’m surprised it isn’t obvious.

        There are fascinating reports on what this will mean to farming, land and water use. Overall food costs are expected to decrease by 90% within 20 years. That is yuuuge.

        1. There are fascinating reports on what this will mean to farming, land and water use.

          Yeah, fascinating the way Twilight fan fiction is fascinating.

          It won’t be 1/3 the cost of a steak in 10 yrs. veggie burgers aren’t 1/3 the cost of beef burgers and they’ve been around for more than 10 yrs.; and the substrates are already cheaper; and the product being imitated isn’t exceedingly complex/nuanced.

          Even if it is overwhelmingly successful, they’ll be paying for used cattle bones so that they can print the meat around them and charge a premium.

          If the vegan part of the movement continues for the next 10-20 yrs. the way it has for the last 30-40 yrs., people will pretend they enjoy eating a texturized soy mush while feeding their pets premium cuts of genuine animal flesh.

      1. MG doesn’t do cites to his/her lies.

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  2. “You Will Soon Be Able To Taste a Lab-Grown Ribeye Steak”

    Just because I can doesn’t mean I want to.

    1. No no, didn’t you see Molly’s post? You just don’t know you want lab grown steak yet.

      1. Right. Because the American diet of scientifically processed foods has proven to be the most healthy diet in the world. Fortunately for us, Covid 19 arrived this year to quell the growing trend of poor heart health. Those Covid pounds are insulation for the coming dark winter.

        1. But more women are choosing to leave the workforce and not have kids than at any time in the last 3 decades! Scientism FTW!

    2. Would you rather eat Bugs?

  3. First, ew.

    Second, and pardon me for being overly cynical, I find it hard to believe that our superiors will be eating any of this lab meat. Chemical bullshit for the plebs, real meat for the elite.

    Third, ew.

    1. Fourth, Ronald Bailey, ew.

  4. >>bio-printed

    hp > Kansas beef? cynical

    also didn’t g*d give us an unlimited number of cows to eat? what are we supposed to do with them?

    1. Slaughtering cattle cuts into the Democratic Party voter rolls.

      1. lols. indeed.

  5. Idk, I culture mammalian cells for work and wonder how they could scale this up and still taste anything remotely like the real thing. The artificial hormone treatments alone is likely tough to deal with. Cells can be finicky little fucks.

  6. Mammalian ell culture is very expensive. This isn’t algae.

    I think Beyond Meat has a better path to success by using plant-based processes.

    1. I tried an “Impossible Burger” several years back. Looked good, tasted like, uh, some fake “meat”.

    2. Not to mention that you would be better served, nutritionally and economically, by just rehydrating the culture media at home and drinking it.

      The funniest part is, these scientists and nutritionists are pretty overtly aware that it’s a skeuomorph. Which makes it a sort of race to see who can beat up the friendly retarded kid, that everybody likes, the fastest.

  7. …Aleph’s chief executive Didier Toubia said that the company plans to begin selling its meats in the second half of 2022.

    THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL SOON? They made a whole new dodgy vaccine sooner than this sketchy steak.

  8. So it’s basically ‘meat’ for vegans who miss the real thing but are so used to tofu they no longer remember what that tastes like?

  9. I have never tried an Impossible Burger or any other fake meat. Might be good, I might try it some day. I don’t give a damn about the vegan aspect. I suspect real meat’s natural variety might be attractive and if the cultured meats can’t reproduce that, real meat might become the premium food, which would be disappointing.

    I think the real future is not mimicking real meats, but coming up with entirely novel varieties. Maybe cross some, call it cheef or bicken, bork or chork or fork. Who knows .. but I think that is a more interesting end goal.

    1. Turducken?

  10. There is already an amazing and efficient factory for growing steak. It is called a cow.

    1. It’s not efficient at all.

      1. Prove to me that the lab grown steak uses less energy.

      2. It’s the most efficient we’ve got to make a real steak.

  11. Eat the bugs, proles.

  12. The end of farming could be in sight as real factories replace factory farming.

    Oh good, we’ll finally be able to restore the prairies where ungulates have roamed since before humans laid eyes on them back to their natural state of smooth concrete pads dotted with warehouses filled with bioreactors.

  13. Seriously Ron, this actually does sounds like a wonderful idea at first look.

    But equally seriously, after having been “misinformed” about the healthfulness of a grain based diet, the dire consequences of eating an egg each day, the dangers of added salt (at any level), etc., you’ll understand if I’m a bit cautious about “meat” that may or may not be what my body considers meat (regardless of how good it might or might not taste). Are the same nutrients present, and physically and physiologically available? Are there any compounds present that are not in meat? While I might give it a try for scientific purposes, I think I’ll give it a generation or two of testing before I commit my body to the test.

  14. After reading lots of news articles that tout fake meat products, and after seeing dozens of television ads promoting them, I finally saw one of these products in a grocery store last week.

    Not only did it look unappetizing, but it cost more money than the real meat products it was supposedly substituting.

    A decade from now, I’ll be surprised if fake meat products account for more than 1% of the real meat market.

    1. You’re paying more money for it because by purchasing it, you stopped global warming.

      Quiz: How much energy and resources does it take to produce a fake steak?

  15. Gross. Eat real food.

  16. “Processed food is bad for you.”

    “Let’s all eat lab created meat that requires massive amounts of processing”.

    What?

  17. Looks like “mystery meat”.

    I notice that the hype for “insects as food” as died down lately.

  18. That steak looks pretty terrible.

  19. “Chicken-Little” from , ya’ll.

    1. “Chicken Little” from Pohl/Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants

      “Scum-skimming wasn’t hard to learn. You got up at dawn. You gulped a breakfast sliced not long ago from Chicken Little and washed it down with Coffiest. You put on your coveralls and took the cargo net up to your tier. In blazing noon from sunrise to sunset you walked your acres of shallow tanks crusted with algae. If you walked slowly, every thirty seconds or so you spotted a patch at maturity, bursting with yummy carbohydrates. You skimmed the patch with your skimmer and slung it down the well, where it would be baled, or processed into glucose to feed Chicken Little, who would be sliced and packed to feed people from Baffinland to Little America”

  20. “You Will Soon Be Able To Taste a Lab-Grown Ribeye Steak”
    And only for a little more than 3 times the price!

    The Impossible burger has 1 major flaw to overcome: It’s nearly triple the price of normal ground beef
    Ground Beef, $3.00 lb
    That’s why I was so shocked to find out that Impossible Foods, which aims to replace beef with its own vegetarian beef option, is selling less than a pound of its ground “meat” — 12 ounces — for $9.
    businessinsider – Ben Gilbert Sep 28, 2019, 3:44 PM

    If only we were all as rich as Reason writers.

  21. During the early part of the pandemic when various food products were in short supply and various cuts of meat were experiencing intermittent shortages, I noted that veggie meats sat in full stock.

    When the consumer says “I’d rather die of COVID or starvation than even have your product in the freezer just for emergencies.” take a hint.

  22. I’m looking forward to fifty years or so from now, when factory meat has almost entirely supplanted dead-animal meat, and the thought of killing a vertebrate for food is regarded with the same horror with which today’s Americans would contemplate golden-retriever burgers. I trust that at that point, the school board of Formerly San Francisco But So-Called Saint Francis Was A Christian European Male will be taking MLK’s name off everything in sight, on the basis of the blatant speciesism that he showed in his can’t-afford-a-hamburger remarks.

  23. If this technology can be scaled up and cost brought down this could have a real impact on areas of the world that are protein poor. Countries could replace wet markets where wild animals, including bats and monkeys, are sold. Instead factory proteins could replace these wild proteins. The effect would be better nutrition and less chance for pathogen exposure.

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