3D printed meat on the way – and it will be disruptive, say American specialists

By Kitty So

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The technology could allow meat products to be produced in a more sterile environment
The technology could allow meat products to be produced in a more sterile environment
3D printed meat production will become technically feasible and could create competition for traditional meat producers as consumers will ultimately be able to print their own meat products – although much research and development still remains, say American food academics.

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Only foodstuffs?

Posted by tguven,

I like the thought of no animal being involved in meat production, but I'm more interested in the idea of cruelty-free, high-quality, cheap leather by the yard. Missed opportunity if this is not done.

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It will be an option

Posted by Marcelo Alcantara Whately,

When printed beef become reality, I believe it will be an option.

I suggest that it will be cheap protein source to the population, but who can afford to real beef won't choose to eat it printed.

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No slaughter of animals!

Posted by J'Marinde,

I think this would bring many to the table. I do have some concerns in reading this that the product may not actually be meat. It would be helpful to have that clarified and addressed, but I do believe that many people would at least give it a try in order to save some animal's life, and that could be a real selling point for the industry to consider. Other concerns - - will it be as biologically nutritious as real animal protein - - and as tasty?

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