Why wait for cattle to grow up on grass, farting up the planet with greenhouse gases, and go through the slaughterhouse when you can just print your steak? Novameat of Barcelona, España, is making plant-based steaks with 3D printers:
As demand for plant-based alternatives to meat rises, Barcelona-based startup Novameat is using its 3D printing technology to manufacture vegetarian “steaks” that it hopes will reach the mass market next year.
Novameat plans to sell its “steaks” directly to consumers and to businesses such as restaurants interested in producing plant-based meat, business development manager Alexandre Campos told Reuters on Tuesday.
…Campos said the startup’s aim had been to recreate the muscle fibres of animal meat but using 100% plant-based ingredients. He forecast the plant-based industry would keep growing at double-digit rates in the foreseeable future.
The company also said it was producing the fake meat for environmental reasons.
“(We seek to) replace animal meat for something that is better for the planet, ourselves and animals,” Campos said [Luis Felipe Castilleja, “With 3D Printed ‘Steaks’, Spanish Startup Eyes the Mass Market,” Reuters, 2021.06.30].
Keep an ear out for fake outrage from hidebound ranchers and Congressmen trying to protect their favored industries from technological competition. But their printed-steak factory surely doesn’t smell as bad as a CAFO. And hey: maybe we could persuade the Barcelona team to plop a big meat-print shop right here in the middle of the protein-hungry prairie and be South Dakota’s Next Big Thing for jobs of the future!