World’s first lab-grown burger eaten by humans, tastes like despair

Autore: ExtremeTech

Lab-grown meat on a bun

Breeding and killing cows to eat is not only upsetting to a large number of people, but isn’t sustainable in the long-run. In theory, growing meat in a lab is sustainable, and could either replace or work alongside regular cow breeding and eating practices. Now, the world’s first lab-grown burger has been cooked, and humans have tasted it.

The burger, which weighed in at five ounces, was created in a Maastricht University lab that used 20,000 protein strands grown from cow stem cells. It cost $ 325,000 — quite a bit more than your standard number two plain with a Coke. Currently, there are few groups pioneering the artificial food circuit. NASA funded a 3D food printer in order to help combat hunger, and 3D printing is also being thought of for use in composing artificial meat. These ideas aren’t entirely new by internet standards, with murmurings and popular articles about the subject appearing around two years ago. So while artificial meat grown in a lab is like science fiction, and a single burger that costs around a third of a million dollars is a fun statistic, what we all really want to know is what artificial meat would taste like.

Better off Ted artificial meat

One of the best comedy shows you haven’t watched, Better off Ted, tackled this issue by showing a beating, writhing ball of meat hooked up to jumper cables. After chasing down the in-house food taster and hilariously but forcefully shoving a piece of meat down his throat, he said it tasted like despair. Australian researcher Hanni Rutzler and food writer Josh Schonwald were the two brave volunteers that lined up to peer into a lab-grown pit of despair. Thankfully, the burger — which was panfried, mixed with salt, breadcrumbs, and egg powder, and dyed with red beet juice — wasn’t the mouth-equivalent of staring into a dark abyss, the depths of which could not be seen. Instead, the burger tasted alright, proving that frying makes anything taste okay. The taste-testers noted that the texture was a little harder than expected, and the burger could do with a bit of fat for flavor.

Though the meat was fried and slapped on a bun, the world is still many years away from this being the norm — even if consumers could come to terms with eating weird meat grown from stem cells in a lab. Currently, the production quantity is too low, and that $ 325,000 cost is obviously too high. It’s predicted that artificially grown meat will become a more feasible prospect in around a decade or two.

With the world’s population predicted to reach a little under 10 billion by 2050, we’ll certainly need a new way to obtain food to feed everyone. The human population will likely go insane if it has to subsist on some kind of all-liquid protein diet, and if we can’t obtain “natural” meat, growing it may be the best way forward. Luckily — for those of you who are grossed out by artificial meat — 2050 is almost half a lifetime away.

Now read: The first 3D-printed human stem cells

10 thoughts on “World’s first lab-grown burger eaten by humans, tastes like despair

  1. chi mi può trovare una breve descrizione dei seguenti personaggi in inglese del libro framkestain di mary shelley?
    – victor frankestein
    – elizabeth
    -the monster
    grazie a tutti :)

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  3. devo fare una ricerca in inglese ma ke nn necessariamente riguardi l’inglese, ma nn so ke argomento fare!!! datemi qlk konsiglio su qlk argomento nn troppo difficile (la devo skrivere in inglese) ma abbastanza interessante

  4. Io ci sono stato da mc donald’s ho finito per vomitare l’hamburger e le patatine (che mangio spesso ma non in questi fast food) e Burger King peggio !! mi sono sentito male lo stomaco per 2 giorni !! In questi fast food se ne fottono della carne e della qualità, che potrebbero usare carne congelata da giorni o mesi, mettono l’olio 1000 volte di più nel normale ! e ho visto un video dove hanno confrontato le patatine del mc con quelle normali, sono passati giorni e mesi e le patatine del mc erano ancora intere come se fossero fatte di plastica e le patatine normali, normalmente erano tutte ammuffite ! Io consiglio a molti di non andarci in questi fast food, per il loro bene !

  5. MI è successo oggi al Burger King di Lima e penso che le risposte che si fanno in questi casi tipo bisogna stare più attenti non sono soddisfacenti perchè è difficile accorgesene in certi casi. Come si fa a contenere la propria rabbia? Come si fa a non prendersela con se stessi sentendosi dei dementi? Sono andato a fare la denuncia per i documenti , ma la soluzione di riaverlo non ce l’avrò.. uff.. se non si può risolvere una cosa,ma come si fa a restare indifferenti?
    Madman ha trovato la soluzione radicale!

  6. Salve ragazzi, stasera vado al burger king e non so se mangiare un panino tipo il whopper (carne) oppure un panino con carne di pollo. Sinceramente ho sempre mangiato hamburger nei fast food, mi conviene provare il pollo? 10 punti al migliore, e non dite che fanno schifo tutti e 2 o cose simili.

  7. Io ho 19 anni ma ci sono ragazze di 14 15 anni che sembrano loro ad avere 19 anni,a me mi ci rode quando la gente mi dice che sembro più piccola.Ma comunque quelle fumano tantissimo,bevono non sà quanto,poi mangiano male anche se sono magre stanno sempre da burger king mc donald anche con questo caldo.Poi la vita che fanno in discoteca figuriamoci togli 10 anni di vita.Vi giuro veramente impressionante O_O

  8. raga nn ricordo il nome e neanche se esiste ancora, ma vi chiedo se conscete questo pub..dove si cena..mi ricordo che è a 2 passi da ponte milvio…zona flaminio credo…dove fann panini giganti con carni italiane..mi ricordo che si chiamava Burg qualcosa

    NON è BURGER KING

  9. O si insegna solo a pulire il pavimento?
    È vero che gli studenti di scienze della comunicazione fanno tirocinio o al Burger King o da Mc Donalds?

  10. in questa catena di negozi per vegani(Universo Vegano)vendono prodotti col nome di alimenti animali, ma in realtà sono fatti solo di composti vegetali =
    http://www.universovegano.it/prodotti/

    Frittata Vegetale
    Formaggio Vegetale
    Burger di Lenticchie
    Maionese Vegetale
    Burger di Verdure
    Prosciutto Vegetale
    Cotoletta di Tofu
    Tonno Vegetale
    ————-
    esistono catene di negozi per carnivori/onnivori che hanno scelto di non mangiare verdura o frutta??

    se si, i loro prodotti dovrebbero chiamarsi più o meno così =

    Mela Carnata
    Insalata di Manzo
    Frullato Suino
    Banana di Wurstel
    Succo Bovino
    Cipollo
    Macedonia Animale
    Spremuta di Tacchino

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