Coming Soon: Lab-Grown Ribeye Steak
I'm not changing my opinion on this: I'd like to try it just to try it... but I'm sticking with the real thing.
Having said that, you will soon be able to taste a lab-grown ribeye steak.
A company in Israeli called Aleph Farms has just announced its first lab-grown, bio-printed, slaughter-free, fat-marbled ribeye steak.
Hold on... Does "Bio-Printed" sound tasty to you? Okay, who knows? Maybe it is, but maybe they want to change how they talk about it. My mouth does not water when I say "BIO-PRINTED STEAK!"
What sounds even less appetizing is that 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. At this point, I'm not so much grossed out as I am suspicious of the process.
I have to ask: why go through all this trouble to make a steak when we can just let a cow walk around chewing grass until it's ready for the dinner table?
At the same time this is happening, a San Francisco-based company called Just Eat Inc. announced in December that it has cultured chicken nuggets and there are many other companies around the world working on other meatless meat ideas.
The real question is, will this be better for the environment like they claim? As an example it turns out that Wind and Solar power are horrible for the environment. The planet is better off when we use things like natural gas to produce electricity. Is the planet better off if we artificially produce our meat, or did nature already perfect the process? This is yet to be seen.