Test-tube beef: It’s what’s for dinner.

A week tomorrow, at an exclusive west London venue, the most expensive beefburger in history will be nervously cooked and served before an invited audience. Costing somewhere in the region of £250,000, the 5oz burger will be composed of synthetic meat, grown in a laboratory from the stem cells of a slaughtered cow.

The scientist behind the “in vitro” burger believes synthetic meat could help to save the world from the growing consumer demand for beef, lamb, pork and chicken. The future appetite for beef alone, for instance, could easily lead to the conversion of much of the world’s remaining forests to barren, manicured pastures by the end of this century.

The precious patty will be made of some 3,000 strips of artificial beef, each the size of a rice grain, grown from bovine stem cells cultured in the laboratory. Scientists believe the public demonstration will be “proof of principle”, possibly leading to artificial meat being sold in supermarkets within five to 10 years.

Cost aside, would you be willing to eat a test-tube beef burger? I have to admit I’m insanely curious as to how it’s going to taste.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. History shows us that this sort of man-made or man-fucked-around-with food almost always ends up causing some nasty diseases in later life. I’m out!



  2. Reblogged this on kevinwares1990 and commented:
    hmmmmmmmm…….. yammeeeeeeeeeeee



  3. People are too fucking rich for their own good. Props to the people coming up with the synthetic meat, but fuck the people wasting 300-400 grand for a fucking burger.



  4. Just think of what is possible with human stem cells. You could eat yourself! And that’s probably what the rich are going to do if the supermarket-lab-meat is broadly available and too non-exclusive 😉 But fun aside, I try it, and I support it. Meat without animal suffering sounds good to me.



  5. I have been waiting to see this for forty years. Our descendants will look back to us making meat – by having animals walk around for years eating grass then cutting them up – as barbaric and wasteful.

    Makes absolutely perfect sense, make mine medium rare!

    “There would be environmental benefits, as well. A study by Oxford University in 2011 found that cultured meat requires 99 per cent less land and between 82 and 96 per cent less water than raising livestock, and the process would produce between 78 and 95 per cent fewer greenhouse gases.”

    “Even the radical animal activist group PETA supports the idea. The organization has gone as far as to offer a $1m (£660,000) prize to the first person or group that can produce artificially cultured chicken meat.”



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