3D-printed beef steaks and chicken could be on the menu in European restaurants as soon as next year, and meat printers could be in your home – if you want one – possibly within the next few years.
So reports The Guardian, highlighting Israeli and Spanish operations which are printing beef and chicken products with the same (fibrous) texture, appearance and flavor as real meat, but with no harm to animals involved (they are made from plant proteins only).
One such firm is Israel-based Redefine Meat, which is using “advanced food formulations” along with “proprietary 3D printing technology” to make what it calls the “holy grail of alt-meat”.
3D printers are capable of printing meat substitutes from either plant protein or laboratory-grown animal cells.
The benefits are widespread and include a massively reduced overall impact on the environment compared to cattle farming, and on the health front, the 3D-printed meat product has no cholesterol either.
According to Redefine Meat, meat alternatives is the fastest growing segment of the food market, and is expected to be a $140 billion industry by 2030.