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Posted by Joan Salge Blake August 5, 2013 03:38 PM
|Dr. Mark Post with cultured burger. Courtesy of Maastricht University|
Today in London, Professor Mark Post MD, PhD, from Maastricht University in Netherlands unveiled the first lab meat produced using stem cells from cows and grown in his lab. The stem cells were fed protein, fat, and carbohydrates and cultivated to grow muscle meat. For more on the process of creating cultured beef, click here.
His goal was achieved today by taking this laboratory grown muscle meat and creating a hamburger. This is what the hamburger looks like:
|Source: Masstricht University|
While it is unlikely that a cultured burger will be in the supermarket any time soon, I think that consumer acceptance is going to be a major issue with trying to sell the public on lab grown meat. Ironically, this unveiling is coming on the heels of the current push for genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling on foods in order to provide consumers with informed choices when shopping for dinner. According to the Huffington Post, Connecticut has passed a GMO labeling law and New York, Maine, and Vermont are considering similar legislation.
So the question is, would you eat meat that was grown from stem cells? Please post your thoughts below.
Be Well, Joan
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About the authorJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »
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