On 5 August, the world’s first Cultured Beef burger – costing a whopping R3,3 million – was unveiled in London, where it was cooked and tasted in front of a bunch of journalists and academics.
Pioneered by Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University, Cultured Beef is created by painlessly harvesting muscle cells from a living cow. Scientists then feed and nurture the cells so they multiply to create muscle tissue, which is the main component of the meat we eat. It is biologically exactly the same as the meat tissue that comes from a cow.
The cells grow into strands. 20 000 of these small strands of meat are then combined to create one normal sized hamburger.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the demand for meat is going to increase by more than two-thirds in the next 40 years and current production methods are not sustainable.
Cultured Beef represents the crucial first step in finding a sustainable alternative to meat production.
This video shows how the Cultured Beef is made…
Source: Cultured Beef