As I write this, it’s summertime where I live — and my mind is turning towards sunshine, swimming pools, and grilling. Even though I gave up beef years ago, I can’t help but get cravings for a big, juicy steak when I start up my charcoal. But with any luck, Aleph Farms might be able to help me with my predicament.
The cultured meat movement is in full swing now, and Aleph Farms is well positioned to make a big splash in the industry. With a promise to make “slaughter free steaks” available to everyone, they’re making legions of converts to their lab-grown meat. Curious? Then let’s jump into the details of what makes Aleph Farms so special, from their unique production process to impressions from the first tastings of cell-cultured steaks.
What Is Aleph Farms?
Rehovot, Israel based Aleph Farms is setting out to cultivate a healthier world. By leveraging cutting-edge food science and generous investments from future-minded backers, they’ve collected a team of researchers whose goal is to make a more sustainable food system – – without having to give up the meats we love. With a focus on sustainability, animal welfare, and public health, the company aims to do good while doing well for itself, making for a win-win that will protect humans and animals worldwide.
How Does Aleph Farms Work?
Aleph Farms is driven by “nature-inspired design”, an approach that seeks to mimic the exact growing conditions that meat experiences in the wild. By fine-tuning their production process to the conditions that growth favors in nature, Aleph Farms is able to produce cultured meat faster and more efficiently than with the standard feeding and harvesting methods of factory farming. On average, the entire culturing process takes a mere three to four weeks! That they can do this without cruelty to animals is not only a bonus, but an integral part of the work they do.
A wonderful side effect of this lab-growing process is that all of Aleph Farms’ steaks will be completely free of the GMOs and antibiotics found in most meat. So not only is it better for the environment and better for animals, it’s better nutrition for humans as well!
Check out this video from Aleph Farms to get a better sense of the company:
Aleph Farms’ Product Lines
A big part of Aleph Farms’ ability to bring their lab-cultured meat to market so quickly is that they’ve focused on just one product: Slaughter-free steaks. This is no small feat, either — other cell-based meat companies have shied away from steak because of the difficulty in getting its texture and taste just right. To achieve this, Aleph Farms uses a 3D matrix for growing their meats, as well as cultured fats and vascular tissue that can perfectly recreate a steak’s texture. Look forward to trying Aleph Farms’ lab-grown steaks in the near future, as they’re set to launch as soon as the FDA approves lab-grown meat for sale in the U.S.!
How Do Aleph Farms’ Products Taste?
Since I’ve yet to take a trip to Israel, I’m sad to say that I can’t report directly on how steaks from Aleph Farms taste. Thankfully, there’s a reliable source we can draw on to tell us how they taste: Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu:
It’s delicious and guilt-free, I can’t taste the difference.
You can also take it directly from the scientist and researchers at Aleph Farms:
The cultivated ribeye steak is a thicker cut than our first product — a thin-cut steak. It incorporates muscle and fat similar to its slaughtered counterpart and boasts the same organoleptic attributes of a delicious tender, juicy ribeye steak you’d buy from the butcher.
Those are stunning endorsements for a product that’s notoriously difficult to make!
Where to Buy Aleph Farms Meats
Until the FDA approves cell-cultured meat for sale in the United States, we’ll all be waiting eagerly to try it. In the meantime, I’d encourage you to sign up for Aleph Farms’ email list at the bottom of their homepage. That way, you’ll be the first to know when their products go live!