Home Bioreactor ​​​​​​​
In an era where sustainable alternatives are essential for transforming food production, cellular agriculture emerges as a groundbreaking solution. The Home Bioreactor, a cutting-edge project that VTT (Technological research centre of Finland) spearheaded in 2017, represents a significant milestone in this field. Its innovative design and prototyping aim to cultivate plant cells for food, offering a sustainable, cruelty-free, and seasonless approach to local food production.
What it is?

The Home Bioreactor is not just a kitchen appliance; it's a smart device that harnesses the power of cellular agriculture to revolutionize how we grow our food. By utilizing the capsule principle, this bioreactor enables users to culture plant cells of their choice conveniently. With the capacity to grow up to 500g of fresh plant cells in just a week, it presents an efficient and accessible solution for home-based food production.

Utilizing the Home Bioreactor is a straightforward process. Simply select a capsule
pouch containing the desired plant cells and insert it into the device. Add water, and with a flick of a switch, the bioreactor creates optimal growing conditions for the plant cells. Within a week, the plant cells are ready to be harvested, providing a sustainable alternative to growing food.
This novel form of agriculture, known as cellular agriculture, holds immense potential. By replacing the need for entire plants in food production, plant cell cultures enable the growth of rare species without harming their natural existence. The Home Bioreactor empowers individuals to take part in this transformative movement, allowing them to contribute to a more sustainable future from the comfort of their own homes.

The plant cell cultures as food. Photos by Heiko Rischer
Future of Cellular Agriculture

As cellular agriculture continues to advance, imagine a world where we can cultivate a diverse range of rare and endangered species without endangering their natural existence. Picture a future where food production knows no boundaries, where seasonal limitations are a thing of the past, and where sustainable alternatives flourish. With the Home Bioreactor, we are taking the first steps towards this transformative vision.

What do you think about cellular agriculture? Would you consider embracing and consuming products cultivated through this innovative approach in the future? Join the conversation and let's explore the possibilities of a sustainable and ethical food system together.