The world’s first test-tube grown meat patty has been fried in butter and served in London as part of a $370,000 research project aimed at providing a sustainable meat alternative to livestock production.
The 140 gram meat patty was created over a three month period in the Netherlands using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow. The meat was then coloured with beetroot juice and mixed with breadcrumbs, egg powder, salt, and then fried in butter ABC News reports.
Lead researcher University of Maastricht professor, Mark Post hopes that the virto meat will become a sustainable meat option in the future as stress on the global food supply chain continues to rise.
"Livestock meat production is not good for the environment, is eventually not going to meet the demands of the world and it's not good for the animals," he said.
Hanni Ruetzler, food trends expert described the burger as having quite an ‘intense taste.’
"I was expecting the texture to be more soft and there is quite some flavour with the browning," said Ruetzler.
"I know there is no fat in it so I didn't really know how juicy it will be but there is quite some intense taste, it's close to meat."
A report released by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation stated that global meat production was tipped to double by 2050. Post believes that once refined, vitro meat could offer a far more sustainable and environmentally sound method of producing meat.
“If it can be done more efficiently, there’s no reason why it can’t be cheaper,” said Post.
“It has to be done using the right materials, introducing recycling into the system, controlling labour through automation.”
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