Food + Science Talks
Emulating nature’s genius for creating cultivated beef steaks
Dr. Neta Lavon
The increasing consumer demand for meat and the limited resources available to answer it, force the food systems to seek for sustainable ways to produce meat products in scale, where and when they’re needed.
At Aleph Farms through the process of identifying the composition and structure of whole beef steaks, we meet a nature-inspired design with scientific and cultural knowledge that together enables us to produce the same meat products, but without the downsides. By understanding the precise functions and properties of ingredients, we are able to formulate the desired attributes of our products, which aim to deliver a multi-sensorial eating experience. Our Unique technology allows us to grow a meat cut form the various cell types comprising it, in 3D, under controlled conditions, to bring the full sensorial experience of a whole beef steak.
In Our Own Image: Artifacts from the Future of Cultured Meat
Marshall McLuhan once said, “We shape our tools and then the tools shape us.” Often this idea is applied to technology. One doesn’t need to look far to see how smartphones have shaped us more than we’d like to admit. However, our toolbox is much larger than technology. It also includes imagery, an incredibly powerful tool to communicate information-rich and emotionally-laden ideas. As it turns out, we shape our images in the present and those images shape our future. This talk will explore how to use foresight to create images related to cultured meat that are constructive in building the future that we want.
Development of a Networked Culture system (CulNet system) for production of cell-based meat
The sustainability of producing meat and other animal-sourced agricultural products are coming under question due to their large environmental footprint. Possibilities of such products made by mammalian cell culture has been sought since the 1930’s, however any scaling effort has been hindered by prohibitively high costs of adding serum and endocrine factors in cell culturing.
In in vivo systems, minor compounds are produced in organs, and are transported to other organs and tissues through blood vessels. In this study, a scalable flow-based system that allows inter-organ factor transfer, with food grade basal medium was constructed and tested for animal cell cultures to reduce the cost of cell culturing.
With the CulNet system, we have found intercellular interactions that proliferate cells and sustain organs such as liver and muscle tissues for over 250 days and counting; without any addition of serums or endocrine factors and would significantly reduce costs of cell culturing.
This newly developed basal medium consisting only of food and food additives have solved one of the major issues for using cultured cells in food; and has the potential for many other uses.
All of the Above: The Clean Energy Strategy for Sustainable Protein
Workshop: Let’s design a bioreactor system producing the food of the future
Workshop: The Regulatory Landscape
Brian P. Sylvester
Workshop: Let’s grow meat at home! – Introduction to DIY animal cell culture
Yuki Hanyu, PhD
Opportunities in Pet Food
“The pet food market is likely to be the first where cell-based meats are widely used and, because of its size, it will take material profits away from the animal-derived meat industry, thereby accelerating the wider disruption.” RethinkX