Italian bioengineer Giuseppe Scionti from Spanish startup Novameat has invented the "world's first" 3D-printed meat-free steak made from vegetable proteins, which mimics the texture of beef. From a report:
Vegan ingredients such as rice, peas and seaweed, which provide the amino acids needed for a healthy diet, are turned into a food paste that is 3D-printed to form a raw, steak-like substance. Despite an abundance of meat-free products already on the market that taste similar to animal meats, Scionti found that these are limited to imitation burgers, chicken nuggets or meatballs. None of the offerings reproduce a piece of "fibrous flesh" such as steak or chicken breast. In an effort to reduce the impact of animal agriculture and to improve people's nutrition, the Milanese researcher set out to create a plant-based alternative to "fleshy" meat products.
2018/09/12: From crops to cattle, developing and refining living organisms through selective breeding is a 10,000-year-old practice. Industrial fermentation is a well-honed tool for converting biology into foodstuffs or commodity compounds. Major global industries routinely transform biomass into flat-pack furniture, cotton T-shirts, and vanilla flavourings.
However, biodesign fans are today repackaging biodesign, describing it as an ecological remedy, a technological breakthrough, an economic opportunity, and a manufacturing and industrial revolution. For this issue, we question whether biodesign can deliver the accompanying social transformation that those dreams imply, and explore how it might otherwise begin to challenge modern industrial, social, and economic paradigms.
Whether it’s Bolt Threads’ biosilk plastic, other companies’ promises of lab-grown “clean” meat ousting ecologically-damaging factory farming, or the development of less toxic textile-dyeing processes to mitigate the impact of fast fashion, drop-in replacements serve to make us feel better for our polluting lifestyles. However, what remains unresolved is the space in which these alternatives still operate in—the capitalist system that demands continual growth—no matter the costs. The over-consumption that industrial design is predicated upon today is under increasing scrutiny.
By designing with biology, start-ups like Bolt Threads can potentially challenge how consumer products are made, their life cycles, and enhance the performance of materials that could improve product lifespans.
Scaling these technologies to reduce environmental impact, these new bioindustrialists still need to access the same instruments of capital and consumption that inhibit systemic change. Herein lies the uncomfortable paradox: whose role is it to link new industrial processes with systemic economic, social, and political change?
The Paleo diet has been promoted as the optimal diet, offering the eater a plethora of benefits including weight loss, disease prevention, and improved health. It is designed to mimic what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate and includes grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and some oils. Foods to avoid on the diet include all
A recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Jay Rayner: The killjoys can eat humble pie. Dairy and red meat fats aren't bad for you - and now there are hard figures to back up the case I've been making for years
Calculating the chaos and the changed climate.
This week, health authorities in New Zealand announced that the tightly quarantined island nation - the only place I've ever been where you get x-rayed on the way into the country as well as leaving it - has experienced its first case, and first death, from a strain of totally drug-resistant bacteria. From the New...
Two new books detail the inner workings of our factory-style poultry and meat system -- and the long history of our love/hate relationship with it.
If we don't mend our ways, wild areas nearly as big as Brazil will turn into farmland by 2050. A new U.N. report lays out a plan for avoiding that.
The USDA's experiment with fewer inspectors worked out well-for meatpackers
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A report from the CDC reveals the grave dangers of antibiotic resistance and says factory-farmed animals are a big contributor. What would our healthcare system look like if we couldn't perform surgeries, administer chemotherapy, replace joints, treat diabetes? It would be the end of modern medicine as we know it. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control warns we could be headed toward that very future.
A recent "hackathon" netted some nifty widgets for the foodie set, but when it comes to solving world hunger, sorry guys, there's no app for that.
Take a deep breath, carnivores: 87 percent of supermarket meat tests positive for normal and antibiotic-resistant forms of Enterococcus bacteria.
* Without USDA inspectors, meat plants would have to close * Production losses of $10 billion possible
A new study by Consumer Reports found pork contaminated with dangerous levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including high rates of Yersinia.
Last week, the latest massive food safety recall hit the news -- 36 million pounds of ground turkey possibly tainted with salmonella, courtesy of meat giant Cargill. Some media outlets reported that it's currently legal to sell salmonella-tainted meat. While...
As a long-time student of the meat industry, I read Ted Genoways' extraordinary article on conditions at the "head table" of a factory-scale pig-processing plant with delight. As a human being, my reaction was revulsion.
Food & Water Watch has launched a spectacular visual tool for illuminating the meat industry's shady dominance of the U.S. landscape. Try it out -- I did!
Livestock farming is ramping up so quickly that it may help push the planet's