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Aug132013

Test Tube Hamburger

Last week, on August 5th, two people in a television studio in London were the first public people to eat a hamburger that was created in  a lab. The hamburger was cooked in a pan and served as a hamburger in the first fully cooked demonstration of it's kind. O watched a great video from TheVerge, which I will post at the bottom of this blog post, and my first thoughts were "Sign me up." . This area of science is a growing field and has attracted some strong supporters, like Google's Sergey Brin who has funded $1 million dollars of research so far. 

Whether you like the idea or not, the conversation on how we are going to feed the people who continue to be born in this world needs to start somewhere. Increasingly I see arguments in favor of Non-GMO or All Organic food but you never see this argument from people who can't eat. At some point we are going to have to either figure out how to coax nature to grow enough food for our population, embrace food that is created by science, or select which millions of people have to starve to death.

The science that created this hamburger has the ability, according to Dr. Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, to take a few cells from a cow and create "10 tons of meat". The food that was prepared for these taste testers was 100% beef but no animal had to be slaughtered to obtain it. It had no fat and yet was said to have quite a bit of flavor. Naturally, the question of safety comes up but I think it's one that I personally can dismiss quickly. If we are alright with growing organs to put in our bodies then why should we not be alright with growing food to put in our stomachs? 

I certainly hope we see more of this kind of thinking as the day will quickly come where we outgrow our ability to survive.

Check out the full article and video here.

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