The idea of lab-made beef sounds like a creation that you'd only find in a sci-fi novel, but cultured beef is very real and the first cultured beef patty has successfully been created!
Cultured beef is made by extracting muscle cells from a living cow. Scientists then feed the cells in order to multiply more muscle tissue, this is the same type of meat that omnivores eat in hamburgers. The procedure is painless and the cow is not killed.
Who thought of such an idea? In 2008, Professor Mark Post was involved in a Dutch government program investigation of "in vitro meat". At the same time, he was a professor of tissue engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Where is he getting these cows from? The cows are from organic farms and only two cows were used in the first attempts. One is a Blanc Blue Belge cow raised on a Belgium farm and the other is a Blond Acquitaine cow. Cultured beef is not similar to or even considered to be a GM food because the muscle cells are not being genetically modified and the cells are coming from cows raised on an organic diet.
Other meats can also be created with culturing techniques. They recently succeeded in creating and cooking a cultured beef patty, soon they will extract muscle cells from other farm animals in the same painless fashion that was first used on the two cows.
Cultured beef is very expensive at the moment, just one cultured beef burger costs €250,000! But if their attempts continue resulting successfully, cultured beef will be sold commercially and much more affordable within 10 to 20 years time. (Cultured meat might even be sold cheaper than slaughter house meat!)
The benefits of cultured beef are helping to decrease food crisis, help decrease the dangers of climate change, less suffering and murders of domestic farm animals, and (possibly) the death of the traditional slaughter house meat industry. Cultured beef uses 99% less space than modern livestock farms. This results in a large reduction of greenhouse gases since far less animals will be needed. Also, the people who love animals but can't give up meat will have a guilt-free alternative, making traditional meat industries fade away.
The only "cons" that an animal rights activist can find so far are that cows are being used by scientists. I wouldn't even consider their actions as "experimenting" on cows because they are not injecting anything into them or harming the cows in any way.
Overall, I'm very excited for this breakthrough and hope that their future results with other animal meats turn out just as cruelty-free and successful as their creation of the cultured beef patty.
Many vegetarians and vegans are saying that they still wouldn't eat cultured meat, and I don't blame them. So the suffering of farm animals will significantly decrease, but I can never look a farm animal in the face while eating a cultured beef burger. I respect animals in every way possible, and I vowed to never eat any kind of meat for the rest of my life, even if the meat involves no murder, suffering, or harmful chemicals.
So what do you think about cultured beef? Are you excited or disappointed? And would you try eating this from time to time or on rare occasions?
I narrowed down the most important information into this blog post, but feel free to visit their website at: www.culturedbeef.net