Technology never fails to amaze us. In the last century, and even in the last decade, the technological feats scientists and inventors have conquered are nothing short of genius. But, can the same positivity be said about technology when it comes to our food?
It seems like more and more, the direction of trends in the food industry has been towards healthy, whole, and organic. Nutrition seems to be on the minds of parents and children alike. There has been backlash against genetically modified foods (i.e. Monsanto), pesticides, and even packaged goods.
However, despite this backlash, scientists have been experimenting with “lab-grown” or “test tube” meat, ultimately succeeding in creating it. London based scientist-turned-chef Professor Mark Post was able to produce beef in a lab by using 20,000 tiny strips of meat grown from cow stem cells in a petri dish. The successful science experiment gave birth to a £250,000 142 g burger patty.
We won’t even try to get into the scientific process, because we could hardly understand even if we wanted to. Ultimately, however, this “beef” patty (I use air quotes because I can’t decide whether it’s real or not) was served up for two food experts, burger style, but not before having to dye it with beetroot juice and spices to make it appear more “beef-like”.
The verdict? Apparently, the two experts, US-based food author, Josh Schonwald, and Austrian food researcher, Hanni Ruetzler, agreed that it wasn’t too shabby-tasting! Although, they did say that it could have been more “juicy” and done well with a little more salt and pepper.
The “Frankenburger”, as they’re calling it now, was not an experiment performed just for kicks. Scientist Mark Post believes this will herald a food revolution. With studies showing that the meat demand will double in the next 40 years, leading to environmental harm, Post says artificial meat products are bound to appear in supermarkets in less than ten years. That is, once they figure out how to keep that £250,000 down…
Uhhh… we’re not too convinced. Or maybe it’s the fact that it was grown in a petri dish that repels us. Either way, we’ll stick to veganism, but (if you must) eat meat, farm-raised, grass-fed beef will always be better than any kind of “faux meat” product.
Inspired to make a [healthy] burger now? Check this recipe out:
Bison Burger with Avocado Dressing via little kitchie: