Gallery: Lab Grown, $345,000 Petri Dish Hamburger is Coming to a Table ...


With the lofty goal of assisting the meat production industry in reducing its hefty emissions levels, Mark Post of the Netherlands is on a quest to create a lab-grown hamburger. Yes, a lab-grown hamburger. Gulp. The world’s appetite for meat is hurdling upwards towards an estimated annual consumption of 376 million tonnes in 2030 and the emissions from that industry are climbing higher every day. Finding a sustainable alternative to feeding the flesh hungry human race — or figuring out a way to get them all to eat garbanzo beans instead — is becoming more and more necessary. Post thinks he’s got the answer and though he believes he’ll create the world’s first artificial burger this year, there are still a few issues. The flesh he’s made doesn’t have any blood in it (so it looks like a fleshy scallop instead of a Big Mac) and it’s going to come with the hefty price tag of $345,000.

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  1. sammael December 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    thats right caeman!
    Why do we need knives when nature gave us damned good teeth to tear our food! We also don’t need farming or high yield crops, when nature gave us all the roots and berries we could ever want.
    I mean do we REALLY need high yield engieneered wheat and corn when 18th century breeds could EASILY keep over 60% of us alive.
    Do we need selectivly bred cow species, when old breeds could give us nearly 40% milk production and nearly 70% the meat.
    @caeman, we improve upon nature for our food constantly. We always have. If we can make this kind of meat chaep, and lower the emissions and land usage to do it, damn right we can improve on nature.

  2. caeman November 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The hubris of humanity, trying to “improve” upon what nature has already perfected.

  3. rbrine01 November 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    It’s a good idea for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Keep up the good work.

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