The world’s first test tube hamburger is set to be served next week.
Since 2012, scientists have been working on a way to curb the need to use actual cows and other animals to process hamburger meat. With the demand rising, restaurant chains and grocery stores are most likely eagerly awaiting the results of a test being served next week.
The in-vitro beef burger will cost several thousands of dollars, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, and could lead to a revolutionary source of meat. The source of meat in question is cow stem cells, or test tube beef.
The actual synthetic meat is composed of tiny strips of artificial beef, each the size of a grain of rice. If successful, the test tube hamburger could lead to less slaughtered livestock and the preservation of forests across the nation as we would no longer need to prepare more pasture for cows over growing demand. The stem cells taken from just one beef carcass could easily generate over a million times as much meat.
The reduction of greenhouse gases alone could reduce the carbon footprint and preserve the environment, possibly even allowing what is gone to grow back.
The public demonstration next week will involve a five ounce test tube hamburger costing 250,000 pounds, or over $300,000. It may be one expensive hamburger, but in the end, it could actually reduce the price of beef and other meats by bounds.
Professor Mark Post, a medical physiologist in the Netherlands, states:
“Eventually, my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals which you keep in stock in the world. You basically kill animals and take all the stem cells from them, so you would still need animals for this technology. Right now, we are using 70 [percent] of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock. You are going to need alternatives. If we don’t do anything, meat will become a luxury food and will become very expensive.”
Professor Post is saying that if this experiment is a success, we could keep meat affordable and save animals in the long run.
Would you try a test tube hamburger? What do you think of the possibility of using synthetic meat in the future?