During the long Thanksgiving weekend, the US government issued an alarming report that climate change will have a bad impact on the country, but many scientists believe that human consumption of meat is also an important reason. Livestock production is responsible for a large number of harmful emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, not to mention large trees that have been cut down to make room for livestock farming. Although there are a large number of meat substitutes, the taste of vegetarian burgers is not the same as the taste of real beef patties. But some companies are working hard to really reproduce the taste of vegetarian alternative meats, one of which is Jet-Eat, an Israeli startup that is using 3D printing to make botanical foods with meaty flavors and textures.
“Israel is the birthplace of 3D printing and digital printing innovation and is a true expert in using technology to solve traditional market problems,” founder Eschchar Ben Shitrit said.3D printing is now being used in everything from organ to dentistry, and I believe it can be used in the food world in an increasingly digital world. Meat is characterized by four components: muscle, fat, myoglobin and connective tissue. We replicated the complex matrix of meat with our 3D printer and complex matrix.
Jet-Eat was founded in early 2018 and currently has five employees. It raises funds from angel investors and is currently investing, with the goal of bringing its products to market by 2020. Earlier this year, the company participated in a four-month accelerator program initiated by the European Institute. Israel Institute of Technology's Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food Accelerator Network. He was later selected as the finalist of the EIT Food Venture Summit.
Jet-Eat works closely with Technion and is using its lab to test the texture, taste, etc. of 3D printed "meat".
Researchers in Spain are also studying 3D printed meat substitutes, while others have discussed the possibility of using bio 3D printing to create actual meat in the lab without the need to raise livestock. These are advanced applications for 3D printed foods that go beyond novelty and become a true solution for people to provide food. 3D printing of food does not hinder climate change, but it can be part of a multifaceted approach to solving the crisis. The world’s population is growing steadily, and more food needs come from ways that will not further damage the Earth’s sources.