In the summer of 2011, Mark Post, a professor of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, made headlines when he first began to discuss the real possibilities of creating a test tube burger. With some money from the Dutch government and tens of thousands of bovine stem cells, Post's in-vitro burger is nearly ready to be cooked and served in an event in London in June 2013.
The meat consists of 20,000 thin strips of meat tissue which has been grown from stem cells. It is extremely lean and incredibly expensive- a single patty of this in-vitro meat said to have cost nearly £200,000 to produce.
Both positive and negative views are expected to follow this development as people may be skeptical when they first hear about it or even taste it but on the other hand it may be better for the planet as the beef industry has been criticized for damaging delicate ecosystems and the earth's atmosphere.
I must admit I would be quite skeptical about trying it as well….What are your thoughts?
Category: Food security: Diet/alternatives