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In Vitro Hamburger Meat Currently in Development

In Vitro Hamburger Meat Currently in Development

By Lacy J. Hansen for

It’s entirely possible that we’re less than a year away from reading the food review of the world’s first in vitro hamburger. Yes, you read that correctly.

In response to the world’s growing population and increasing meat consumption, scientists in the Netherlands are nearly ready to debut meat grown from stem cells of healthy cows. The scientists have been working to develop muscle tissue from a small number of stem cells extracted from the cows.

As awkward as this all sounds, the scientists believe the result will be of benefit to the world. Trends lead us to believe that the world’s meat consumption could grow by 50 percent by the year 2050, and this man-made meat will remove the need for livestock.

It’s anticipated that this “test-tube” meat will to be more affordable and help sustain the demands of our growing population. In vitro meat production could lead to a 35 to 60 percent reduction in energy consumption. Land requirements for farming would decrease by 89 percent and the production of greenhouse gasses would decrease due to unconventional farming.

This product is not alone in its unique nature. In 2009, strips of pork were grown using a similar stem cell method and fish fillets have been grown in a lab from the muscle tissue of goldfish.

Think it’s too difficult to farm these days? Well, maybe growing burgers in a lab is the answer. Maybe? These practices are still in the very early stages and it’s unclear when or if these products will be available to the public.

For some, curiosity will linger as to how it will actually taste. For others, their internal argument over becoming a vegetarian might finally be justified.


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8:22PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Well... at least you take suffering out of the equation...

9:15AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

The wonders of In Vitro & Stem Cell research...I am still torn on the idea but if it makes for less waste & animal abuse on the planet, why not?!

1:39AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

I will hate to eat industrial manufactured meat it is best to be vegitarian

8:46PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

good ideas and great intentions! will it work? i totally hope so. meat consumption is so crazy and out of control, it actually grosses me out. how can you eat so much meat! Animals will have the biggest break and im so greatful for that. much of these farmers will be out of business but its not a business to be proud of.. slaughtering animals? aweful and most of them are inhumane about their business. its all about the $$ and now we have so many outbreaks and food poisoning that the idea of healthier meat from a tube doesn't sound so bad.

5:36PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Sounds scary to eat this "in-vitro" hamburger.

2:21PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Wow--you guys are great, so many different thoughts, most valid. So many sides to the issue. The movie "Soylent Green" came to mind (who really needs to be buried when there may be a much more worthwhile purpose for us after death?). As to the motives of whatever entity runs the whole shabang, I thought of Spam and the Monty Python skit. Lots of jokes have floated around ever since that product was developed - like what is it-REALLY? There are too many humans on planet earth and in countries like ours they consume much more food than is needed, while in other places there isn't enough food to go around. Population IS a problem. Meat production devastates millions of acres of land to graze cattle & sheep plus millions of acres of land to grow crops to feed other factory-farmed pathetic creatures. So meat production, too is a problem. We all know that man is depleted the vast numbers of sea-life for human consumption, too. The issue at hand will be interesting to follow.

1:21PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Sounds good! Now, if these plants can be powered by solar or other renewable energy, think of all the
CO2 reduction there would be. Rainforest could be saved, because farmers would not be cutting it down to plant soybeans for cattle feed.

12:43PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Marilyn- no one can lay a guilt trip on anyone who doesn't already feel a sense of guilt. Guilt comes from within your own conscience.

12:23PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

I agree with Marie W,and also i think people should be allowed to eat what they like,isnt that what living is about.making our own choices?

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