Laboratory beef makes its debut

Laboratory beef makes its debut
Team Clark is adamant that we will never write content influenced by or paid for by an advertiser. To support our work, we do make money from some links to companies and deals on our site. Learn more about our guarantee here.

During the early ’60s, the creators of animated series The Jetsons had a vision of life in the future that involved insta-food popping out of a food replicator machine at the touch of button.

In a maybe not too surprising development, researchers have now held the first-ever taste test of what’s called “cultured meat.” That is, cloned meat grown in a laboratory, kind of like The Jetsons!

“The meat was produced using stem cells…from cow shoulder muscle from a slaughterhouse. The cells were multiplied in a nutrient solution and put into small petri dishes, where they became muscle cells and formed tiny strips of muscle fiber, ” according to The New York Times. “About 20,000 strips were used to make [a] five-ounce burger, which contained breadcrumbs, salt, and some natural colorings as well.”

But hold on, George Jetson. This burger costs $325,000 and was funded by one of the co-founders of Google! Reports suggest the burger looked good and had a good texture, but was lacking in taste.

The motivation for this experiment? Attacking world hunger and reducing global warming that is a result of methane gas from cows.

The best guess is it will take 10 or 15 years to make cultured meat commercially viable. But it would prove The Jetsons right in their predictions of the future once again!

Clark Howard About the author:
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. More about Clark
View More Articles
  • Show Comments Hide Comments