Aleph Farms, an Israeli startup, announced it has produced lab-grown steak for the first time.

What’s beef?

Lab-grown meat is made from cells taken from living animals and therefore leaves much smaller carbon footprint. There have been lab-grown burgers but growing textured meat like steaks, compared to creating minced patties, was said to be a difficult job. Aleph Farms claims their lab-grown steaks have “the full experience of meat with the appearance, shape and texture of beef cuts.” They also said each slice of steaks takes 2~3 weeks to produce and costs about $50.

Steaks is high

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock sector is responsible for about 14.5% of all greenhouse gasses. Lab-grown meat thus has the potential to significantly decrease carbon emission and billionaires like Bill Gates and Richard Branson are now investing in the technology to accelerate its growth. The question is, would people actually buy lab-grown meat? Seems they’re not quite ready yet, as only 27% said they would buy in a recent study.

By the way, in case you didn’t get our reference, here’s De La Soul’s classic – Stakes is high


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