The 3D-printed vegan salmon, created by Revo Foods, a food technology startup, is believed to be the first 3D-printed food to hit supermarket shelves.
According to the newspaper, based on the company’s statement, it knows that, like other meat substitute products the salmon alternative is also made from mycoprotein, which is derived from filamentous fungi. The product contains many vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. It can also be considered high in protein, It contains 9.5 grams of protein per 100 gramsalthough this is still less than the protein content of the same amount of normal salmon (more than 22 grams).
Revo Foods has partnered with another startup, Mycorena, to develop a mycoprotein specifically designed for use on a 3D printer. Researchers have been working on 3D-printed food products for years now, after printed foods can make food production more sustainable, which is especially a problem in the fishing industry. An estimated 34% of global fish stocks are overfished, meaning fish are caught faster than they can reproduce, resulting in declining fish populations.
Emissions are also a major issue in food production, which is responsible for more than a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Revo Foods website
the production of vegan salmon fillets uses 77-86 percent less carbon dioxide and 95 percent less freshwater than catching and processing conventional salmon.
For those wondering how a 3D printed salmon is made, here is the video:
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