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£250,000 Lab-Grown Burger Served Up in London, Tasters Say It Could Use More Fat

by , 08/09/13
filed under: News, Sustainable Food

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Dr. Mark Post has been buttering us up with his promise of a cruelty-free lab-grown burger for months – and this week the supremely expensive £250,000 burger was finally taste tested at an event in London. As you might have expected, it didn’t taste exactly natural – testers said that it wasn’t bad, but they did have complaints. Meanwhile, the identity of Mark Post’s mysterious backer has finally been revealed – Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, donated an anonymous $396,000 to the project.

University of Maastricht, Mark Post, lab grown burger, £250,000, synthetic meat, gas emissions, sustainable food, genetically modified food,

In reactions witnessed by the BBC News, an Austrian food researcher named Hanni Ruetzler said “I was expecting the texture to be more soft…there is quite some intense taste; it’s close to meat, but it’s not that juicy. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper.”

Meanwhile Josh Schonwald, a professional food critic, exclaimed “The mouth-feel is like meat. I miss the fat, there’s a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger.”

So the taste is lacking but the texture is there. Well like they say, you can always try again—for £250,000, that is. It’s not too surprising, considering that the meat in this burger didn’t come from a cow in the traditional sense. Instead researchers at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands took cells from a cow’s neck and replicated them using stem cells into 20,000 strips of muscle, and then combined them with lab grown fat to make a patty. Like all burgers, there was also a fair share of filler – including things like egg powder, bread crumbs and red beet juice, as well as saffron for bring out the “natural colors.”

Post’s research shows that lab grown meat (although not economical) could solve a lot of the environmental and ethical issues associated with raising cattle for the slaughterhouse – from gas emissions to land use and animal rights issues.

+ University of Maastricht

Via BBC News

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3 Comments

  1. Dan Rezaiekhaligh August 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    If you belive this will save animal lives you’ve got to rethink that one. First off if we are lucky they will have this on an industrial scale in 20 years. Second most of the world will still not get it so where the most people live they will still be eating animals. And thirdly What do you suggest we do with all of the livestock, thats billions of dollars of feeding them and no return on investment.

    Looks I eat it all I would try this but for as much complaining as people do about GMO corn I’m more worried about a product that is completely from the lab.

  2. Joe Ecosapien August 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I think this is great because in the long run it is going to save scores of cows and calves from going to slaughter houses. By the way, would this hamburger be considered a veggie burger or a beef burger?

  3. Scott Hildebrand August 6, 2013 at 3:45 am

    The anonymous donor is, no longer anonymous! Well big respect to Sergey, because this crap is going to save trillions and trillions of animals’ lives, and make many many more vegans by grossing us all out.

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