A scientist in London has created the world’s first “in vitro” burger, which is made from bovine stem cells cultured in a laboratory at a cost of around £250,000 (also known as over $375,000). And you thought Five Guys was expensive.
According to The Independent, scientists will present the burger, which is supposed to provide tangible evidence of a step in resolving the world’s imminent meat shortage, at a public demonstration in London this weekend.
“The precious patty will be made of some 3,000 strips of artificial beef, each the size of a rice grain, grown from bovine stem cells cultured in the laboratory,” the article continues.
Mark Post, the scientist behind the lavish burger, notes that if the world doesn’t do anything about its meat problem, then meat is going to become very expensive in the future.
Like, £250,000 expensive? Because shelling out that much for a burger made of artificial meat isn’t exactly pocket change for most of us, either.
Theoretically, the stem cells from one animal could provide a million times more meat than the beef from the animal itself, which could help cut back on environmental emissions and production costs. Still, a genetically engineered burger seems like the kind of thing that could go haywire in a science lab and end up attacking a village.
BRB, going to pitch an awesome new movie idea to Hollywood. Hopefully I can sell it for enough money to eat half of a fake meat burger.