Blockchain X Cell-based Foods

Leveraging blockchain technology

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Cellular agriculture is revolutionizing the food industry because we can get the same products without harming animals and the environment. In-vitro production also allows us to enhance the nutrients in food.

Outline of paper:

1.0 Cellular agriculture: growing food on Petri dishes is revolutionizing the way we eat

2.0 Cellular and acellular agriculture

3.0 How does blockchain work?

3.1 Blockchain: Blockchain technology keeps a digital ledger of data and requirements for different types of cultured meat.

4.0 Conclusion

2.0 Growing food on Petri dishes is revolutionizing the way we eat.

The process of cellular agriculture from collection cell samples to putting them in bioreactor tanks
The process of cellular agriculture from collection cell samples to putting them in bioreactor tanks
The process of cellular agriculture, from collecting cell samples to putting them in bioreactor tanks

Cellular agriculture is the process of growing food in labs. Cellular agriculture can be broken into 2 parts: cellular agriculture and acellular agriculture.

2.0 Cellular and acellular agriculture

Cellular agriculture follows the process of myogenesis, which turns the initial cell samples into myoblasts in the culture media, scaffolds turn myoblasts into myotubes, and bioreactor tanks turn these cells into myofibers.

Acellular agriculture is collecting cells from animals to produce the proteins that animals create. We genetically engineer yeast to have the “genetic blueprint” of the animals’ DNA to produce specific proteins. For example, acellular agriculture includes creating milk proteins or creating chicken-less eggs.

3.0 How does blockchain work?

Blockchain technology is an incredible computing innovation that stores, transfers, and records information; it is a continuously updated record.

These records are split into “blocks” and are in a secure system built upon automated trust, which means the data in the blockchain is unchangeable, unhackable, and cannot be altered.

3 key components to blockchain technology are immutable data, member ID, and open-source.

  1. Immutable data describes that the data cannot be cannot be altered and is trustworthy.
  2. Member ID means that individuals with certain access to the ledger can view and input data.
  3. Finally, open source means that people around the world can connect by transferring information.

3.1 Blockchain technology can keep a digital ledger of data and requirements for cell-based study

One of the biggest challenges with applying blockchain to cultured meat is that different types of cultured meat require different resources and inputs. For example, culturing mammalian cells is different than culturing fish. Fish cultures require cooler temperatures in bioreactor tanks than mammalian cells.

Growth serums that promote cell proliferation also differ. One example is FBS: fetal bovine serum. Different cell types require different measurements for maximum cell proliferation. Leveraging blockchain technology for gauging growth serum input will greatly progress bringing cell-based foods to the market.

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Current challenges with bringing cell-based foods to markets
Finding alternatives to FBS — fetal bovine serum
Growth serum

To keep track of different inputs to maximize cell proliferation, we introduce blockchain technology. Scientists and researchers can record cell proliferation rates of different meats and share data.

4.0 Conclusion

Growing in-vitro food is still new; to create a range of food from beef to fish to even bugs, we must understand the parameters, such as specific growth media, best scaffolds per meat type, and growing conditions for bioreactor tanks. Blockchain technology can increase the efficiency of growing food in-vitro and can serve as a network for scientists to learn and collect data from others.

Blockchain technology can keep track of data and parameters for different types of meat. An open digital ledger can store and transfer data for scientists to share information.

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