Food of the Future: Fish Flesh Grown without the Fish

Bioengineer Morris Benjaminson is figuring out how to create fish on demand, to develop a device that would grow fresh flesh aboard a space ship to feed astronauts. One day, this hyper-bioengineered food could even reach your dinner table. This is no fish story. Already, with NASA funding, Benjaminson has taken strips of goldfish and made them grow in his laboratory. Eventually, he sees no reason why you wouldn’t want to munch fish sticks or chicken tenders developed without the assistance of any real animals. “What we see is not just a way of growing something. We see a device that is automatic or semi-automatic,” Benjaminson explained in a recent telephone interview. “It is a bioreactor in which solid flesh is produced, rather than wine or something else.”