A hamburger made from test tube-grown “beef” is on someone’s menu for this week.
The so-called beef for the burger is the product of a Dutch professor whose work was financed by an anonymous businessman and the Dutch government. It was created from stem cells stripped from a cow’s muscle that were incubated in a nutrient broth, stretched on a machine to simulate exercise and stimulate growth, then minced with lab-grown animal fat. The final, uncooked product is said to be gray with a slippery texture similar to squid or scallop. The financier may be the first to eat the lab-created slime.
The developer’s goal is to create alternatives to cattle that consume “70 percent of agricultural capacity,” according to Professor Mark Post, and that will be less expensive. Scientists say it’s possible this slime product will be sold to the public in 10 years.
The proper healthy alternative, of course, is to consume less beef and if you must eat beef then to eat only free range beef that isn’t fed or injected with steroids, hormones and antibiotics. The proper alternative is to consume very little meat and to eat only organically grown poultry or fish that is not fed or injected with steroids, hormones and antibiotics. Focus instead on whole, fresh vegetables, as much raw as possible.
This alternative is also the best way to avoid Obamacare. But at all costs, avoid and reject lab-created so-called “foods.”