Burgers Served Straight from the Petri Dish
How far will science go to make sure people can eat flesh over lentil burgers? Pretty far, according to CNBC. Maastricht University, in Germany, has developed a meat burger that is created by harvesting the cells from a living cow. By nurturing the cells in petri dishes, scientists are able to create a product made out of lab-grown meat that has never seen a slaughterhouse kill floor.
“Technically, any species with stem cells in muscles can be used to recreate meat. We’ve worked on pork, others are working on fish and chicken but we’ve been focused on beef because cows have a bigger environmental impact,” said Mark Post, the head of the team running the project. All it takes is a viewing of Cowspiracy to see the massive impact that farmed cow populations have on greenhouse gas emissions.
Obviously, this team is set on making their mark on reducing the damage we inflict on the Earth. The more I think about it though, the more questions I have.
Could their time be better spent on other projects? It strikes me as a pretty hefty workload all for the sake of not wanting to give up meat products when excellent alternatives exist. What would the lives of these futuristic stem cell supporter cows look like? There are tons of layers to this issue, and it’s worth discussing! Sound off- what are YOUR thoughts on the matter?