Meat In Outer Space?

November 8, 2019

At Xyza, we love sharing stories that seem impossible but that somehow humans have made possible. Advances in medicine, science, technology, and other fields have led to innovations that have transformed the way people live, travel, communicate, and more. Two years ago, we shared a story about how space scientists conduct lab experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) to see if they can do things like grow vegetables in outer space. Spoiler alert: it can be done! Now, Aelph Farms, a company that produces beef through science, not cows, has successfully cultivated a small-scale 3D bioprinted piece of beef on the ISS. Why grow something like this in outer space? The idea is that if Aelph Farms can cultivate beef in even the harshest of conditions, it’s possible for them to do the same if conditions become dire on Earth and there are no longer the natural resources needed to produce food. Sad to think about, we know, but scientists and companies like Aelph Farms aren’t necessarily working on alternative methods for producing food to combat apocalyptic times, but rather to support Earth’s sustainability efforts. Awesome, right? We can’t wait to see what scientists come up with next!

If you could test out an innovation in space, what would it be? What problem would you be solving?