Eating A Stem Cell Burger

Somehow I can’t see carnivores wanting to eat stem cell burgers, and I can’t see vegetarians deciding they are acceptable either! Nonetheless Melissa Hogenboom investigates the taste of these lab grown meat concoctions for BBC News:

The first lab-grown burger has now been cooked in a frying pan and tasted by two food writers. But did it live up to all its hype?

The event certainly did. It had the surreal vibe of a live TV food show rather than a science press conference, with presenter Nina Hossain fielding questions.

Chef Richard McGeown was tasked with frying the patty. He commented on its “fantastic colour” and its “nice inviting aroma”, but from where the media team sat, there was not a whiff of burger reaching our nostrils.

“It’s literally like cooking any other burger I’ve experienced before, a nice and pleasant aroma but very subtle at this stage,” added McGeown.

The “cultured beef” is grown from stem cells taken from a cow and could feed people meat in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, according to the team that developed it.

But now that it has been tasted for the first time, is it realistic to believe we could ever order it up with a side of fries from our local burger joint?

Mark Post of Maastricht University and the man behind the patty, previously said that for it to be a success it would have to “look, feel and hopefully taste like the real thing”.

It must be said that the cultured beef did start to resemble a real burger, but it seemed to turn brown a lot more slowly than a conventional burger might, with some of its brown hue perhaps attributable to the copious amount of butter that was added to the pan…

[continues at BBC News]


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18 Comments on "Eating A Stem Cell Burger"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Aug 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

    Get ready for life in BAMA. When do the first razor girls and console cowboys show up?

  2. If it’s safe to eat, and if it can be made affordable, I’ll gladly eat the first true cruelty-free beef in the history of beef.

  3. VaudeVillain | Aug 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm |

    By comparison to Pink Slime, that seems perfectly normal and healthy.

    I’d certainly be willing to try it.

  4. atlanticus | Aug 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm |

    I just keep picturing that scene from The Fly… 🙁

  5. bobbiethejean | Aug 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm |

    As long as it is safe, cost-effective, and tastes good, I’d eat it. And I think this is a HUGE step in the right direction for global sustainability, possibly. Yaye science? Maybe?

  6. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Aug 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm |

    Some people are so disconnected from the living world that they think its possible to survive on this planet without killing. It’s amazing what they will do to indulge their dogma.

    I maintain that we have an elegant, sustainable, proven technology that trumps this freak show on every level. In fact, it’s been around for around 570 million years. It’s called predation.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Aug 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm |

      Genetically modified food is being sold to people too stupid, apathetic or poor to do anything about it, it eventually kills them off early and then the people made rich selling it can live out whatever transhumanist fantasy they’ve been jerking off over. The predation is complete.

      • Melissa Lyn | Aug 8, 2013 at 1:48 am |

        Really ? I know for a fact that human testing has not been done yet. Monsanto even states it on their site that they don’t feel the need to conduct tests. And you should do some more research before you post. In animal testing on rats and mice it has also made their testicles shrink and tumors grow, and eventually makes them sterile.

        I am in no way condoning gmo’s in fact I buy everything organic and even grow my own food and educate my friends on all I know about gmo’s. Please focus on educating yourself in learning how to grow your own food and what companies do not sell gmo seeds, plants, and food. Also learn about what gmo testing has been done and getting legislature passed to ban gmo’s in our food.

        • Monkey See Monkey Do | Aug 9, 2013 at 11:46 am |

          I’m educated about it. I just explained the way I see it being planned out by the ptb. I’m just pointing out the predatory instinct of our age. And how the inability to perceive predation without copying it will eventually be one of our downfalls.

  7. InfvoCuernos | Aug 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm |

    I’m really surprised to see all the positive feedback for what is GMO meat. Fuck this shit, I want no part in your soulless smeat. its the suffering that makes the burger so tasty.

    • THEUNSEENofNOTISH | Aug 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm |

      Id say not so much the suffering as the willing combination of soul energies and proper cooking!

  8. BuzzCoastin | Aug 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm |

    “It’s literally like cooking any other burger I’ve experienced before…”

    that because industrial animals used for food
    aren’t significantly different in the way they are “grown”
    lot’s of oil based chems & GMO feed in
    burger out

  9. Calypso_1 | Aug 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm |

    I’ll just wait for Monsanto to come out with corn beef.

  10. moremisinformation | Aug 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm |

    Humans: fucking shit up with dumb ideas so they can solve them with even dumber ideas…

  11. THEUNSEENofNOTISH | Aug 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm |

    Seems no more unnatural than harvesting parts of plants to replant and grow more crops to me, and good way to transport large quantities of food cheaply if its healthiness for human consumption is assured. Image if we got KOBE quality beef at the cost of a can of beans!. Or thats what we were able to get at fast food instead of the chemically infused BS they serve now. It a world of seemingly unstoppable human overpopulation, it could also be a good way kill the factory farm industry as we know it by allowing meat farmers to give less animals more space to limit animal cruelty in that way as well. Plus, space meat! If we ever get to that point on a mass scale. Just a bag of stem cells, put a pinch in the machine and bam! Grass Fed Free Range form into whatever you set the machine to.

  12. emperorreagan | Aug 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm |

    There’s an easier solution: eat less meat (and eat less overall).

    Per capita yearly meat consumption went up 60 lbs since the 1950s.
    Overall consumption of fruits, vegetables, and oils have increased as well.
    You can couple that with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, on average. Consumption is up, activity is down.

    Not surprisingly, we’re also 20+ lbs heavier on average.

    If we want the agriculture system to change, eating habits need to change.

    If we want to eat cultured meat products and GMO corn, we can just keep chugging along.

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