Steakholder Foods

This company is 3D printing meat. Is it sustainable?

Steakholder Foods, an Israeli biotech company, has finally answered the question we’ve all had about 3D printing: Yes, you can print a burger.

The company has developed a method of printing meat — yes, literally — using a cultivated blend of animal stem cells and an augmented 3D printer. It recently opened its first U.S. headquarters in California and was granted a patent for production in October.

So far, the company can create four different types of meat: beef, chicken, seafood and pork. The cuts — or prints, rather — are made of a blended stem cell culture harvested once and grown as needed. The piece is then printed to the specifications of the chef.

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