3D-Printed Vegan Steak Could Curb World’s Food-Supply Shortages

3D-printed food is here. And it’s hard to believe that the technology came from those high-capacity printers of some years back that require not less than eight hours to produce a tiny, basic shape. The current generation of scientists has turned it into a mass-production food device that can print almost anything in a split second, provided the raw material is available.

In other words, any food composition can be re-engineered and 3D-printed to constitute desirable ingredients in a specific proportion. That’s quite an interesting innovation.

Italian bioengineer Giuseppe Scionti, a Ph.D. holder in biomedicine, has improved the technology further by inventing a plant-based meat substitute, reports Dezeen. Scionti has founded Novameat, a company that will depend on the new innovation to commercialize the plant-based meat, with a vision of making the product available in all markets.

Novameat will focus on texture as a basic feature to beat other meat substitutes on the market. While other inventions have made alternatives for hamburger patty and chicken nugget, Scionti is taking things further with bioprinting and tissue engineering to produce an alternative that’s so much like the real meat. Novameat’s 3D-printed vegan steak will offer the chewy characteristics of meat and will have a fibrous texture similar to steak and other meat.

Novameat’s 3D-printed vegan steak composition

Novament’s vegan steak contains the same amount of amino acids, minerals, protein and vitamins found in red meat but purely derived from natural, plant-based ingredients. Novameat’s vegan steak ingredients are mixed in a paste form and fed through the 3D printer, where the product is created.

Two factors inspired Scionti to create Novameat. Firstly, the fear of the earth’s sustainability in the future. Considering new studies on the cattle industry, it could be concluded that land and water requirements to support livestock production in the nearest future would not be enough in the nearest future to meet the demand. In a nutshell, Scionti believes that traditional beef products should have an alternative to spread the burden on diverse resources.

Secondly, Scionti believes that efforts to curb food-supply shortages and world-hunger could be bloated with 3D-printed meat substitutes. The 3D-printed vegan steak, which does not require refrigeration, can be sterilized and parceled for long transportations. This makes it a food supply option for very remote areas in the world. In addition to its constituent of natural preservatives, the product can be injected with medicines for the treatment of endemic diseases in the areas it could be supplied.

While the technology has provided a path to emulate steak, it has also opened doors on how other foods, such as chicken can be emulated. The process is scalable for business purposes. With an hour, it can produce up to 200 grams of Novameat at the cost of just 4 Euros, the report claims.

Avatar
Anna Domanska
Anna Domanska is an Industry Leaders Magazine author possessing wide-range of knowledge for Business News. She is an avid reader and writer of Business and CEO Magazines and a rigorous follower of Business Leaders.

Recent Posts

Elior acquires Nestor, the single meal food delivery startup

Elior acquires Nestor, the single meal food delivery startup

Elior, the corporate catering company, has acquired the French startup Nestor for an undisclosed amount. Nestor, a Paris, France-based food delivery service, started in 2015 with a
2 days ago
Axa gears to buy office space worth €800m in European cities

Axa gears to buy office space worth €800m in European cities

Axa Investment Managers, the French fund house, is not too worried about predictions that the post-pandemic world will see more people working from home and office real estates shr
3 days ago
ShareChat raises $502 million at $2 billion valuation

ShareChat raises $502 million at $2 billion valuation

ShareChat, the Indian owner of short video app Moj, has raised $502 million in the series E round of funding, pushing its value at $2.1 billion in the market. The five-year-old com
3 days ago
Small business groups form coalition to lobby for strong antitrust laws

Small business groups form coalition to lobby for strong antitrust laws

Small merchant groups are coming together to rally for strong antitrust laws to prevent big conglomerates like Amazon from swallowing up the smaller traders and businesses. Trade g
3 days ago
Vitol’s profit soars during 2020 oil crisis

Vitol’s profit soars during 2020 oil crisis

The world’s largest independent oil trader Vitol made record profits in 2020 as the fluctuations in the global energy markets resulted in a windfall. Vitol suffered an $85 billio
4 days ago
Seadrill proposes debt write off of $4.8 billion

Seadrill proposes debt write off of $4.8 billion

Seadrill Ltd., a deepwater drilling contracting company, owned by billionaire John Fredriksen, said it is ready to write off a debt of over $4.8 billion, giving lenders a 99 perce
5 days ago