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Scientist Using Stem Cells To Grow A Hamburger In His Lab

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Burger from the lab

Forget grass-fed beef. How about Petri dish grown beef instead?

Mark Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, thinks he'll be able to grow a hamburger in his lab in one year's time by using stem cells harvested from leftover animal material from the slaughterhouse floor.

Sounds kinda gross at first, but if it works, this process could eventually save countless animals' lives (and a lot of cruelty toward them), land, water and energy! The man taking the lead on this initiative doesn't think the current production of meat is even sustainable, explaining:

"Current livestock meat production is just not sustainable. Not from an ecological point of view, and neither from a volume point of view. Right now we are using more than 50% of all our agricultural land for livestock. It's simple maths. We have to come up with alternatives."

This particular alternative isn't known for it's good taste yet, as Post remarked, "It's not very tasty yet."

It won't be cheap either. Post estimates the first hamburger to cost $345,000 to produce.

Considering McDonald's and other fast food joints are already serving this modified meat goop as nuggets, we don't think meat grown in a lab could be any worse.

Do U think this is a dietary alternative worth exploring?

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