Anyone who is up-to-date on recent food news may have heard about the controversial and bizarre development in the world of meat. In case you missed the story, it has been announced that Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and one of the original investors of Facebook, has reportedly invested up to $350,000 in Modern Meadow to develop its 3D meat-printing capabilities. Yes, MEAT-printing.
Originally developed by scientists for human organ transplants, 3D-printing is now being looked at as a possible meat producer. Apparently, 3D-printing meat is far less complicated than organs. As The Department of Agriculture points out, ”as meat is a post mortem tissue, the vascularization of the final product is less critical than in medical applications.” Also, according to Modern Meadow, 3D-printing would be an environmentally friendly alternative to raising livestock for meat production.
Sometime in the near future, those who are vegetarians based on animal cruelty may get to finally eat a burger or steak. But it may be some time before a full-course of meat becomes available. As they are still in the beginning stages of this new science, Modern Meadow is sticking to small strips and pieces. But who knows, maybe one day we’ll all dig in on a printed porterhouse. Can we get that medium-rare?