|Lab-grown burger - The Star
On Monday, yesterday, scientists were set to unveil the world's first lab-grown beef burger, serving it up fried to volunteers in London in what they hope is the start of a food revolution.
Mixed with salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs to improve the taste, and coloured with red beetroot juice and saffron, researchers claim it will taste similar to a normal burger.
BBC News has had exclusive access to the laboratory in the Netherlands, where the artificial meat was produced.
Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University, whose lab developed the meat, says it is safe and has the potential to replace normal meat in the diets of millions of people.
This new food source could potentially address the environment issue of global warming caused by the growing demand for meat which is putting unsustainable pressure on the planet, both through the food required for the animals and the methane gas they produce.
In a video, Prof Mark Post of Maastricht University who led the research, explains how the burger was made and reveals the freezers full of ingredients.
Although it is very expensive, the costs of cultured beef are likely to fall as more is produced and the team claim it could be available in supermarkets within 10 to 20 years.
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Source: The Star..World's first lab-grown burger to be tasted in London