World's first 'test tube' burger eaten in London costs £215,000 to make

Thinking up different kinds of sources being the food of the future? One of them could be a lab-grown burger but it would have to be way more affordable than the current tag.

Science has seemingly given a reason for both vegans and meat lovers to rejoice. Scientists have managed to turn cells they took from a cow into strips of muscle, combining them to make a patty. The process uses 45% less energy, 96% lesser greenhouse emissions and 99% less space and could turn around the way meat production impacts the environment.

Sadly, our pockets need several thousand per cent more money to buy the beef. The research was rumoured to be funded by the co-founder of Google and cost £215,000 (RM1,076,080). That's one expensive burger!  

The world’s first fully lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten by two food critics at a news conference in London. The texture of it, according to the food critics, is surprisingly close to that of a normal burger patty. However, the taste and flavor is somewhat different.

"The mouthfeel is like meat. I miss the fat, there's leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger. What was consistently different was flavor”, said Mr Schonwald, a food writer.

There were talks about insects being the food of the future, now there are burger patties being grown in the lab. What will be thought of next?

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