Programme Aleph Zero brings local production of cultivated meat to outer space, enabling human life to become multiplanetary and unconditional nutrition to be available to all, on Earth and beyond.
Aleph Farms has taken a new step towards accelerating “extraterrestrial” food production, which has been a main barrier for long-term space missions. The company has announced the launch of its Aleph Zero programme, which will forward its vision for advancing food security by producing fresh quality meat anywhere, independent of climate change and of availability of local natural resources.
The core mission of the new initiative is centered on introducing new capabilities for locally producing fresh, quality meat even in the most harsh and remote extraterrestrial environments, such as space.
To achieve this goal, Aleph Farms has secured strategic partnerships with technology companies and space agencies for long term collaborative research and development contracts that will ensure the integration of Aleph Farms’ innovations into space programmes. These programmes will leverage the company’s expertise in cell biology, tissue engineering, and food science to establish BioFarms in extraterrestrial environments, enabling the company to eventually apply the lessons learned in space to earthbound sites.
Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, commented: “Aleph Zero represents the mathematical symbol of the smallest infinite number, and how Aleph Farms brings space infinity closer by supporting deep-space exploration and colonisation of new planets. The term also represents the company’s vision for producing meat with near-zero natural resources.”
The programme follows the success of the company’s first experiment of producing meat on the International Space Station a year ago, in collaboration with 3D Bioprinting Solutions. This marked a milestone in sustainable food production, resulting in new capabilities to cultivate real meat directly from various types of cow cells, under micro-gravity and far from natural resources.
“The constraints imposed by deep-space-exploration – the cold, thin environment and the circular approach – force us to tighten the efficiency of our meat production process to much higher sustainability standards,” Toubia noted. “The programme Aleph Zero reflects our mission of producing quality, delicious meat locally where people live and consume it, even in the most remote places on Earth like the Sahara Desert or Antarctica, providing unconditional access to high-quality nutrition to anyone, anytime, anywhere. When people will live on the Moon or Mars, Aleph Farms will be there as well.”