High production cost of artificial meat and its regulation are the main barriers for marketing the product in wide scale
The day customers will be able to buy artificial meat in supermarkets is getting closer. In the meantime, only astronauts have access to the product made from cells in the International Space Station, in tests carried out in the space in September.
However, recently scientists were able to create meat tissues of beef, rabbit and fish from a 3D printer. Following this trend, the Israeli startup Aleph Farms creates artificial meats for space exploration, since the technology allows the astronauts to make long-term trips. The positive results from the tests will allow, in the future, contributing with the balance of the traditional agriculture, besides of being an alternative to the industry.
Short and long term
In spite of having the potential to attract the interest of many companies from the food industry, the production cost of artificial meats is still the main barrier for selling it. However, it is possible that in the short term the customer will find these items in small-scale in the main supermarket retail chains in the globe.
According to The Good Food Institute, NGO who proposes alternatives to the meat, these products should reach the supermarkets with affordable prices in 5 to 20 years from now. The regulation of these products is also unknown, that is worth remembering, as they are new foods. Even with the proteins made of animal cells appeal, the market is wide and will continue to demand animal origin proteins.