In 2013 a research by Prof. Mark Post at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands led to the development of a synthetic hamburger that takes 8 to 9 weeks to grow in the laboratory. With the same technologies of two years ago and more resources, it is possible to create even a million products, and hold up a pace worthy of a fast food chain.
It is meat "grown" in the laboratory starting from stem cells: the commercial perspective is incredible, because such a product would suddenly break down all the ethical limits that lead a large segment of the population, for example vegetarians, to give up consumption of meat for sensitivity towards animals. The cost in 2013, however, was quite steep: € 300.000 for a single burger. Two years later, the research team recounts the progress achieved and is confident that a meat burger obtained in the laboratory can reach supermarket shelves (and restaurant kitchens) within 5 years, at a much more accessible price.
“I am thrilled that this product could be for sale. I think this alternative meat could find a lot of buyers, ”says researcher Peter Vestrate.
From the videos it would seem tasty, but maybe I will taste it in a while, ok? I don't have the change in my pocket today.