Nov 12, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
I'm surprised the article doesn't mention the $1M PETA prize for the development of indistinguishable chicken meat - http://www.peta.org/features/In-Vitro-Meat-Contest.aspx. Of course, not really sure why they chose chicken given that cows produce a ridiculous amount of methane - do birds produce even more?
The first lab-grown hamburger will cost around 250,000 euros ($345,000) to produce, according to Mark Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who hopes to unveil such a delicacy soon.
Experts say the meat’s potential for saving animals’ lives, land, water, energy and the planet itself could be enormous.
“The first one will be a proof of concept, just to show it’s possible,” Post told Reuters in a telephone interview from his Maastricht lab. “I believe I can do this in the coming year.”
It may sound and look like some kind of imitation, but in-vitro or cultured meat is a real animal flesh product, just one that has never been part of a complete, living animal — quite different from imitation meat or meat substitutes aimed at vegetarians and made from vegetable proteins like soy.