This isn't meat, it's a plant-based steak, 3D printed to mimic the structure of animal muscle.
"You know, I know this steak doesn't exist". As an added advantage, these layers of fake steak add up to a smaller environmental impact: Redefine's calculations suggest their plant-based alternative requires less than 10 percent of the water and land needed to get beef from a real cow, while producing about 90 percent less CO2.
Israeli start-up Redefine Meat is throwing its hat in the ring with plans to launch its industrial-scale 3D printers to meat distributors next year. Readers interested in sampling the texture and flavor-replicating meat won't have to wait too long as the company is expecting full market availability sometime in 2021.
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More than 70 taste parameters were digitally mapped when creating the steak
Spanish competitor Novameat is also working on 3D-printed plant meat, including a whole-muscle pork cut developed during the coronavirus crisis that disrupted pork supply, in addition to steak. "We identified three main components, the muscle, the blood, and the fat. these are the components that we need to mimic on order to reach the ideal, handsome steak". The company claims that Alt-Steaks is high in protein and, importantly, has no cholesterol content. "This is unique to our 3D-printing technology and lets us achieve unprecedented control of what happens inside the matrix of alt-meat".
The Alt-Steak itself comprises the company's own set of formulated plant-based ingredients: Alt-Muscle, Alt-Fat, and Alt-Blood.
More than 70 taste parameters were digitally mapped when creating the steak. There are, of course, the undeniable ethical implications of raising cattle for slaughter but looking past that, Redefine Meat believes it's a more efficient and sustainable method of meat production, both economically and environmentally. "Stakes, roast, slow-cooking, grilling, everything that an animal can do we want to do the same or even better", Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, chief executive and co-founder of Redefine Meat, told Reuters.