Lab-Grown Burgers Are Back With A Vengeance
It’s been a while since we haven’t heard anything about lab-grown burgers, or more exactly, lab-grown meat, right? Way back when it appeared, people were voicing their opinion all over the internet about it, but not long after, the story died down.
But rest assured because a team of researchers have taken it upon themselves to bring guilt-free, lab-grown burgers on out menus in five years. If you guys remember, back in 2012, when this story first appeared, the price for one such burger was at around $325,000. A bit spicy for most people’s taste. But today, things have changed and that price has dropped to just over $11. And that price is only getting cheaper by the minute.
This technology of growing meat without having to involve any animals comes with a series of incredible benefits. We all know that meat is part of many people’s diet. Heck, it’s even ingrained in most cultures around the world, and with good reason. Without meat, humans would have never been able to reach and survive the polar regions of the world, and they would most likely have never crossed into North America via the Bering land bridge so long ago.
But regardless of meat’s advantages, there are a series of issues linked to it, especially red meat that go beyond even out own health. We are, of course, referring to the environment. We will not go into all the details here, but to make things short, the meat industry is responsible for about 20% of all pollution and negative environmental impacts around the world. Not to mention the fact that we kill well over 50 billion animals each year, and that number is constantly on the rise.
If lab-grown burgers, and indeed, all artificial meat, will take off and replace, at least in part, the conventional meat sector, we would let’s say, eat our cake and have it too. We could relieve the incredible strain on the environment and still eat meat.
“And I am confident that when it is offered as an alternative to meat that increasing numbers of people will find it hard not to buy our product for ethical reasons,” Peter Verstrate, head of Mosa Meat, told the BBC.
What has changed here, by comparison to the first batch from 2012, is the fact that this time, the lab-grown burgers were made out of stem cells, instead of just completely muscle. The company, Mosa Meat, is still developing the technology as we speak. They’re adding healthy fats to the mix. In time, the price could go down to $3.60 per pound, making it highly competitive on the market.
“I feel extremely excited about the prospect of this product being on sale. And I am confident that when it is offered as an alternative to meat that increasing numbers of people will find it hard not to buy our product for ethical reasons”.
There are also the regulatory issues these lab-grown burgers have to pass, just like any other new drug or food. But the UK and Netherland governments have offered their support in ensuring this technology not be halted in its tracks by conventional meat lobbyists. Because, let’s be honest here, when it comes to artificial meat, it will definitely be an uphill battle in this regard.