Aleph Farms announced the launch of its Aleph Zero space program focused on one day establishing large-scale meat cultivation facilities (called "BioFarms") in extraterrestrial environments. The company specializes in what it describes as "slaughter free" steaks grown from animal cells.
It's a timely dream since NASA is pushing for a human presence on the moon through itswhile looking ahead to sending astronauts to Mars. Those astronauts will have to eat, and space-grown fresh steaks would break up the monotony of freeze-dried and preserved foods.
Aleph Farms shared a render of a BioFarm facility on Mars. These facilities might seem like a far-off idea, but the company has already taken small steps forward. A year ago, itthat involved assembling cells harvested from live animals into a tiny piece of muscle tissue, essentially a mini beef steak in space.
"We are currently building our work plan with selected partners for developing our BioFarm for extraterrestrial human colonies, and our activities will certainly involve more experiments on Earth under microgravity and in space, including with the ISS," Aleph Farms co-founder Didier Toubia said.
Aleph Farms' space aspirations tie into its Earthly goal of "providing access to healthy nutrition to anyone, anytime, anywhere." If you can make meat on the ISS or on the moon, you can make it in a desert or in Antarctica.
We may be many long years away from hosting BBQs on Mars, but the vision for growing off-world meat is already in place.