Dutch scientists propose to feed the world meat from stem cells

29.07.2013

As a burger, which weighs just over 140 grams, can cost 385 thousand dollars? Maybe if it was designed in vitro from stem cells. According to British newspaper Telegraph, patty burger for grown cells Dutch scientists. And on August 5 scheduled its presentation in London, during which hamburger should fry and eat.

Cutlet literally gathered from the three thousand subtle strips of beef grown in artificial conditions. Each of these strips is not more than a grain of rice. According to the scientists, they were able to successfully complete the experiment, which may lead to the fact that in the next 10 years, artificially grown meat will appear on the shelves of supermarkets.

Scientists hope that they will pick up the development of colleagues around the world, and grow will not only beef, but also pork, lamb and chicken. Physiologist Mark Post of Maastricht University, whose brainchild is the burger out of the tube, said: "If we talk about the cultivation of cattle for meat, that at the moment we use for 70% of our agricultural capabilities. Need to look for alternatives. If we do nothing, the meat will become a delicacy and will be very expensive. "

With man-made meat will all be different. According to Professor Post, for its production will need far fewer animals: a limited number of cattle going to slaughter, but only to ensure that the animals took stem cells.

Concerns about the rise in price of the scientist meat baseless. Experts predict that by 2050 the world population will consume twice as much of the product than it is now. These are the findings of the UN's Food and Agriculture (Food and Agriculture Organisation). For example, each year the Briton eats about 85 pounds of meat — about 33 chicken, a pig, three-quarters of lamb carcasses and a fifth of cowhide.

According to Professor Lent, meat laboratory will allow a 99% reduction in area required for growing cattle. Water savings will be from 82 to 96% and emissions of greenhouse gases, by contrast, will be reduced by 78-95%. Therefore, synthetic meat will be cheaper, and certainly its price in retail can not be compared with the cost of the first prototype.

However, the British Food Standards Agency said that the artificially grown meat has to undergo the procedure, confirming its safety, and only after that will go on sale.

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