ISRAEL - World’s First 3D-Printed Steak

Arno Froese

Israeli foodies will be able to take a bite out of the world’s first 3D-printed plant-based steak later this year thanks to a breakthrough in food technology.

Redefine Meat, an Israeli company based in Rehovot, has unveiled the “Alt-Steak,” which it says replicates the texture, flavor and appearance of real meat via the use of a patent-pending 3D printing technology.

Creating a realistic meatless steak is widely considered to be the holy grail of the alternative meat industry—one that has long eluded food scientists. Plant-based ground meat varieties have been available on the market for several years but mimicking an actual cut of meat—with its distinctive combination of fat, muscle, sinew and mouthfeel—has proved to be a much greater challenge.

Working together with leading chefs, food technologists and butchers, Redefine Meat digitally mapped over 70 sensorial parameters to craft its meatless wonder. It then used a proprietary industrial-scale 3D food printer and multiple materials to print the steak, layer by layer. The steak itself is made out of a combination of soy and pea proteins, coconut fat and sunflower oil, along with natural colors and flavors.

“[It will be] in supermarkets in 2022 but already in restaurants in Israel this year, and in restaurants in Europe early next year,” Ben-Shitrit revealed, adding that initially, the Alt-Steak will be roughly the same price as traditional meat equivalents.

Redefine Meat is not the only company hoping to revolutionize the food industry using groundbreaking advances in 3D printing.

As plant-based steaks prepare to hit restaurants later this year, other Israeli companies are hoping to print steaks made out of real meat that is also slaughter-free. 

Cultured meat, more commonly known as lab-grown meat, could soon become as everyday as going to the supermarket. And Israel is at the forefront of technological innovation in this field.

“In terms of cell-based printed meat, yes, Israel absolutely is the leader,” Olivia Fox Cabane, an alternative protein expert who is also the co-founder of KindEarth.Tech, told The Media Line., 9 July 2020

Arno's commentary

It is no longer a surprise when something new comes on the market that is made, invented, or originates from Israel. This is very promising, realizing that it is slaughter-free—very favorable for vegetarians, with the increasing popularity of vegetarianism on the planet. Israel is definitely at the forefront to harvest the benefits.

The other side of the story is that mankind, in his inventiveness, attempts to bridge over the curse God pronounced to Adam after his fall: “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:18-19). The back-breaking work to produce food has virtually been eliminated by modern agriculture, machinery, technology, and science. 

Here too we see man working toward independence from the Creator.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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