She is now 18 and has not visited her aunt for several years. But like her aunt, she has a keen interest in cooking. Walking into the kitchen, she was delighted to see that her aunt kept pace with the times. Years ago, she was the first person in her family to use a microwave, and recently she bought an air fryer.
“But, what is that?” the young girl asked, pointing to something she had never seen before.
“Oh, that,” her aunt said with a smile, “is a 3D printer.”
“In the kitchen?” the little girl asked . “What is it doing here?
“I can use it for all kinds of food — including steak,” her aunt said, apparently enjoying her niece’s confusion.
No, it’s not a real scenario – not yet. But it does hint at an almost unbelievable change coming to the food world – in this case 3D food printers.
While some advocates say 3D printed food is a much-anticipated innovation, others are less sure. Just hear what some shoppers at Washington State Farmers Market, young and old, have to say about it.
“strangeness. How did they do that? “
” is too futuristic for me. “
“We’re old-fashioned,” said Washington State University master gardener, who is at the market providing answers to gardeners’ questions. “We think food comes from what grows.” “
“Is it nutritious? asked a master gardener. “That’s the whole purpose of food.” “
“horrible. no, thank you. “
“I can’t possibly buy one for our family. We even slowed down the microwave. “
” Maybe for cake decoration, but definitely not for real food.
On the other side of the coin, marketing manager Jeremy Kindlund said he thought it sounded exciting. “I can see a lot of potential in it,” he said.
He’s not alone. In fact, a recent survey by 3D printing specialist Hub.com revealed an impressive number of monthly Google searches for 3D printed food when looking at a range of advances in 3D printing.
3D printed food came in second with 9,800 monthly Google searches, followed closely by 3D printed houses with 76,000 searches. 3D printed items in the survey included cars, Shoes, human organs, drones, rockets, furniture, robots, dentures and even printed clothes.
Received 4,500 monthly searches for meat in the 3D printed food category, thanks to In what Hubs.com called “breakthrough” advancements last year.
That’s when an Israeli bio The printing company announced that it had actually printed 104 grams (3.67 oz) of cultured steak, possibly the largest cultured steak produced at the time.
Simply put, cultured meat is not associated with plant-based Meat is the same. Instead, it’s produced from beef cells by biopsying live cattle and growing them in nutrient media until there is enough critical mass to turn the cells into bioink. The company’s bioprinter is then used The bioink is printed. The steak printed from there is left in the incubator to allow the stem cells to differentiate into fat and muscle cells that form the tissue in the steak. And, yes, it’s real meat.
It doesn’t involve slaughtering a cow for beef – a decisive advantage for those who don’t like killing animals.
It’s also a climate change concern because it means Eliminating the need to raise herds and then slaughter them to get beef can lead to significant water savings and other environmental benefits.
Climate change is here again. On top of that, scientists who support 3D printing point out that feeding Livestock require a lot of resources, which is why they see this technology as a solution to the urgent needs of the world’s growing population.
Regardless of their plant origin, says an article on IDTechEx Still animals, the meat of the future seems increasingly not to come from animals, but from 3D printers.
There are more realistic predictions: Soon, every consumer’s kitchen will be in its Install a 3D food printer on a countertop Machine – This is just another kitchen tool that makes preparing meals (or snacks) easier and faster.