Aleph Farms, the start-up that wants to produce meat… in space – Companies

Reproducing meat identically, without animals, is one of Israel Foodtech’s favorite activities. Aleph Farms is a pioneer in the field.

To succeed in recreating meat without animals, three practices are primarily used by Israeli foodtech: cultured (cell-based) meat, plant-based meat, and finally, fermented meat.

In this quest for the perfect faux steak, Aleph Farms doesn’t go unnoticed. The company, with meteoric rise, took up residence in Israel, in the suburbs of Tel Aviv. But she also has a position in the United States. You can count on 105 employees and powerful investors, from the Israeli government to Mitsubishi or even… Leonardo DiCaprio!

Aleph Farms promises to find a new way to produce meat with minimal environmental impact. The company also claims to be a leader in the cultured meat business (it was the first to create a cultured beef steak in 2018), thanks to alternative proteins.

For the start-up, production arguments abound: if it takes two to three years to get a steak from factory farms, cultured meat will be on your plate in less than four weeks, explains Neta Lavon, CTO at Aleph Farms. The company’s challenges are numerous: they aim, in particular, to reduce the environmental impact caused by the meat industry, limit the risks of diseases associated with meat consumption or guarantee animal welfare. With the cells of a single cow, the start-up can create… tons of “meat”. In the ideal world of Aleph Farms, we wouldn’t talk about animal abuse anymore.

The cost of manufacturing this synthetic meat is obviously crucial for its placing on the market. And the latter turns out to be very high, admits Aleph Farms, which however aims at a lower final cost than industrial meat, since production capacities are sufficiently large. But for that, we’ll have to wait a few more years…

The only product marketed by the start-up (which today looks like a big company) is farmed chicken, called “cultured chicken nuggets”, mainly in Singapore. For its other products, the company still needs to convince the health authorities of different countries. The only sample that is presented to us, on the other hand, is not very appetizing: a slice under vacuum, whose apparent nerves would cut the appetite of the hungriest.

If you’re still fighting to conquer the world, Aleph Farms is already aiming… for the moon (and Mars). The company has already conducted numerous experiments to produce meat in space. His dream: to allow astronauts to feed independently.

To succeed in recreating meat without animals, three practices are primarily used by Israeli foodtech: cultured (cell-based) meat, plant-based meat, and finally, fermented meat. In this quest for the perfect faux steak, Aleph Farms doesn’t go unnoticed. The company, with meteoric rise, took up residence in Israel, in the suburbs of Tel Aviv. But she also has a position in the United States. It can count on 105 employees and powerful investors, from the Israeli government to Mitsubishi or even… Leonardo DiCaprio! Aleph Farms promises to find a new way to produce meat with less environmental impact. The company also claims to be a leader in the cultured meat business (it was the first to create a cultured beef steak in 2018), thanks to alternative proteins. For the start-up, production arguments abound: if it takes two to three years to get a steak from factory farms, cultured meat will be on your plate in less than four weeks, explains Neta Lavon, CTO at Aleph Farms. The company’s challenges are numerous: they aim, in particular, to reduce the environmental impact caused by the meat industry, limit the risks of diseases associated with meat consumption or guarantee animal welfare. With the cells of a single cow, the start-up can create… tons of “meat”. In the ideal world of Aleph Farms, there would be no more talk of animal abuse, as the cost of manufacturing this synthetic meat is obviously crucial to marketing. And the latter turns out to be very high, admits Aleph Farms, which however aims at a lower final cost than industrial meat, since production capacities are sufficiently large. But for that we will have to wait a few more years… The only product marketed by the start-up (which today has everything from a large company) is farmed chicken, called “cultured chicken nuggets”, mainly in Singapore. . For its other products, the company still needs to convince the health authorities of different countries. The only sample that is presented to us, on the other hand, is not very appetizing: a slice under vacuum, whose apparent nerves would cut the appetite of the hungriest. If you’re still fighting to conquer the world, Aleph Farms is already aiming… for the moon (and Mars). The company has already conducted numerous experiments to produce meat in space. His dream: to allow astronauts to feed independently.

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