Burger Made With Meat That’s Not Really Meat But Is Totally Meat? What?

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Photo by Matt Cardy//Getty Images

Photo by Matt Cardy//Getty Images

Juicy delicious burgers made from the corpse of cows might be a thing of the past. The sustainability of  meat and our environment has been questioned the last ten years as people have become simultaneously more health conscious and environmentally aware.

But there is one thing that can turn the drunken vegan into a carnivore for a few hours: a delicious burger.

However, researcher Dr. Post at Maastricht University in the Netherlands has created the world’s first fake meat-meat. No, not lentils or soy protein or [insert something that doesn't remotely taste like meat] here. Cultured in-vitro meat that is created from “bits of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory.”

The very expensive “shmeat” will be sampled at an upcoming event in London. So how much does creating a fake meat meat patty from 20,000 thin strips of cultured muscle tissue” cost? About $325,000 for about half the flavor of a real meat patty.

Regardless of taste, making a burger for hundreds of thousands of dollars isn’t practical but Dr. Post says there’s no reason why it can’t be done cheaper.

“If we can reduce the global herd a millionfold, then I’m happy,” said Post. “I don’t need to reduce it a billionfold.”

With all the recent drama in manufactured animal product, do you think this is a step in the right direction or that people should just try to eat “clean” and “fresh” to help the environment?


–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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