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Published 20 March 2014

A Cultured Beef burger

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In a world first, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University was to reveal a Cultured Beef burger at an event in London, Monday 5th August 2013. This burger, could help solve the coming food crisis and combat climate change.

Professor Mark Post with a burger made from Cultured Beef

As the world’s population grows to an estimated 9 billion by the middle of the century, experts believe even intense livestock farming processes will not be able to match the demand from a growing middle class for meat.

Cultured Beef also paves the way for food production that does not burden the environment or require such widespread use of livestock for meat. Commercial production of Cultured Beef could begin within 10 to 20 years.

A sample of muscle cells taken from a cow are cultured in a laboratory by scientists who place them in a nutrient solution to create muscle tissue. The tissue is grown by placing the cells in a ring, like a donut, around a hub of gel. The muscle cells grow into small strands of meat. Some 20,000 such strands are needed to make one 140g (approx. five ounce) burger.

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