Jump to content

£250,000 Burger


Recommended Posts

  • Admin (Retired)







The £250,000 ‘test tube’ beefburger arrives in London


The world’s most expensive beefburger is about to be served up in London next week – and it’s not even made with real meat.

The £250,000 ‘test tube’  burger has been grown in the lab using the stem cells of a slaughtered cow.
It will be made up of 3,000 strips of artificial beef, each the size of a grain of rice.
Prof Mark Post, a medical physiologist at Maastricht University in Holland has spent two years developing the ‘in vitro’ burger which he believes could help save the environment and prevent a food crisis.
It has been suggested that stem cells taken from one animal could be used to make a million times more meat than is possible from a single cow.
Scientists believe the public demonstration which is taking place at an exclusive West End venue could possibly lead to artificial meat being sold in supermarkets within five to ten years, the Independent on Sunday reported.
Speaking about the project last year, Prof Post said: ‘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 per cent 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.
‘Livestock also contributes a lot to greenhouse gas emissions, more so than our entire transport system.’
The £250,00 needed to develop the burger was donated by an anonymous donor – who may reveal himself at next week’s taste-testing for a select few.
The Food Standards Agency said that before going on sale, artificial meat would need regulatory approval.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that cultured meat would be ethically acceptable if it meant less slaughtering.
Link to post
Share on other sites

The greatest food in human history

What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” Hint: It has 390 calories. It contains 23g, or half a daily serving, of protein, plus 7% of daily fiber, 20% of daily calcium and so on.


Edited by hchoate
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Guidelines. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..