If all goes to plan, you’ll be able to tuck into a lab-grown beef burger made right here in Dubai in the very near future.
Aleph Farms are embracing the ‘meat-free’ future by growing cell-based lab-grown beef and then turning it into food.
And they’re looking to launch their commercial-scale BioFarm pilot scheme by the end of this year. While most labs only produce mince, Aleph Foods want to create muscles. Meaning you’ll be able to tuck into steaks, lamb shanks and more ‘grown’ right here in the UAE.
“The steaks are grown in controlled conditions in bioreactors. And the bioreactors look very much like what you see in big yoghurt factors,” says Gary Brennar, vice president of product and market development for the Israeli company.
As you can see from the video below, they have some pretty big ideas for where their meat-free technology could be used!
The process means no animals are killed and the cells to start the process can be taken from cows and sheep without causing injury. It’s a big boost for the environment as well. It reduces greenhouse gasses and animal feed and removes antibiotics from the food chain.
“We can grow the steaks very quickly because we can feed the cells as much as we want. There are no antibiotics and no genetically modified products.”
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