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Dutch Scientist Aims to End World Hunger with Test Tube Burgers!

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I would be generally unable to live with myself if I didn’t comment on the coming wonder of stem cell hamburgers; yummiy

Dutch scientists in Maastricht University are growing stem cell hamburgers in petri dishes in an effort to make meat more affordable. The burgers eventually will be comparable to beef, pork, chicken…and presumably more. While at the moment such an afternoon feast would cost about $331,000 over the counter (more with cheese?), in time the price may rival the prices for hamburgers now available from fast food restaurants.

The Dutch professor in charge of the project is one Mark Post. He says the strips of wonder meat will be off-white, mixed with blood and artificially grown fat, and ready by autumn. The goal is to find a less expensive source of meat than the conventional rearing of animals. Post predicts that livestock farming will thereby be reduced by 60 percent. He claims that most of the world’s pastoral land is already in use.

We had hoped for breakthroughs utilizing stem cell technology, in areas such as cures for many cancers, spinal cord injuries, and a wide range of other impairments and conditions. Instead, at least at this point, we have what the developer calls “ethical meat…to reduce animal suffering and to feed the world’s burgeoning population!”

Professor Post addressed the American Association for the Advancement of Science symposium in Vancouver, his presentation titledThe Next Agricultural Revolution. Post, who has been working on the project for the past six years, assures the public the laboratory-produced synthetic meat will look, feel,  and taste like a regular quarter-pounder. Post’s staff added that conventional meat and dairy production requires land, water, plants, and the disposal of waste products. They likely could have gone on to list in their favor the contributions to global warming created by the flatulence of cows.

In fact the Dutch researchers didn’t start the research with cows in mind; they began with the attempted laboratory fabrication of mouse burgers. They passed through pork, then substances approaching the texture of squid, and finally settled on beef.

The Maastricht University professor plans to unveil the artificial hamburgers in October. It’s a brave new world!

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  • JC

    Why would someone choose to be vegan? To help end world hunger for one! Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice.

  • John Lake

    Regarding JC’s comment number 1, above:
    Young people may have found a new cause I was unaware of. Watching the videos we find that there are those who feel that raising animals for food is a terrible injustice. I might mention that animal rights’ organizations work to assure that animals aren’t slaughtered in their youth, as they once were, or force fed to swell their livers. Philosophers in the 40’s and 50 answered that were it not for the animals being bred to provide food, they would never have seen a moment of life at all.
    The videos seem to suggest the ingestion of animal flesh is unnatural, and leads to many diseases, such as heart disease.
    Are other young people of a similar mind? I do hope they will comment here.

  • John, I’m at something of a loss to explain your flippant tone in this piece, especially as you yourself note the profound significance of this research.

    Not only is there the potential for freeing up millions of square miles of land currently used for grazing, but this could also mean an end to the raising and slaughter, humane or otherwise, of animals for food.

    It’s not as if there’s a limited supply of stem cells, and that Dr Post’s use of them in his research is somehow depriving someone else of the chance to find a cure for some deadly disease.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Did you know that Heinlein predicted test-tube beef? I’m pretty sure it was in “Stranger in a Strange Land” where he describes how a man and woman are sharing a steak dinner, and she asks him if he’s sure it’s real (and really expensive) meat and not ‘vat-grown’ (or words to that effect). The mans reply was “Fork it and it will moo”.

    And I for one am looking forward to such cost-effective ‘vat-grown’ beef – and all other meat, for that matter – so I can eat meat that is free from all guilt save for what it’s doing to my own body! Speaking of such guilt, my uncle once told me he wouldn’t eat chicken because he saw first-hand what went on in chicken-processing plants.

  • John Lake

    To each his own, Glenn. It’s the steaks, chops, and burgers that make life worth living.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Yeah, until you get a raging case of gout – which I’m still recovering from.

    I’ve come to understand that this gout is nature’s way of forcing me to lay off the meat (and a few other things). Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy meat and I can grill a t-bone so good that you will need neither knife nor A-1 sauce (I’m not kidding). And get me inside a good pit BBQ, and, well, gout be damned, I’m a-gonna have my fill of righteously good BBQ spicy enough to make me sweat and cry and smile at the same time! And my wife can make a meat sauce for linguine so good that you’ll never – never! – order marinara at an Italian restaurant again (’cause every time you do, you’ll be disappointed). All this is why I have to deal with gout, and now that my wife’s had bariatric surgery, she’s the one skinny cook on earth you CAN trust to give you some of the best food you’ll ever eat. Yeah, she’s that good!

    So yeah, I like meat. I really like meat, even though I know I’m a hypocrite because I hate the totally-unnecessary cruelty that cattle and poultry face in the *processing* plants. I want to see vat-grown meat because I want to get rid of my guilt and my hypocrisy. But until then (and as soon as I’m done with this bout of gout), you can find me down at Famous Dave’s pit BBQ reaching for yet another roll of napkins to wipe the sauce off my face and hands.