The world's first in vitro beef burger is to be sold at a London restaurant to those who can afford it.
Developed over the course of two years by medical physiologist Professor Mark Post, the burger is being hailed as a possible first step towards a future in which edible meat can be grown in a laboratory. Not only would this help to solve the ethical issues associated with slaughtering live animals but in the event of an environmental crisis in the future the ability to produce meat on-demand could help avert global food shortages.
"Right now, we are using 70 per cent of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock," said Prof Post. "You are going to need alternatives. If we don’t do anything, meat will become a luxury food and will become very expensive."
"The world’s most expensive beefburger is about to be served up in London next week – and it’s not even made with real meat."
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