Would You Pay $325K for a Burger?

I'm not even sure you'd want to eat it.  It grew in a lab.  You've heard of in-vitro babies?  Now there's test tube meat (well, not yet, but you get the drift).  TheNew York Times reports it may even be eaten in a couple of weeks at an event in London.

According to a story at smartplanet.com, a scientist worked long and hard to develop meat in a laboratory and what he came up with was a burger that consists of about 20,000 thin strips of cultured muscle tissue (who'd want to eat that?).

The doctor who created this says it even tastes good.  He plans to serve it in London with only salt and pepper as accompaniments.  But it's not all test tubes and rubber gloves.

"The meat is produced with materials — including fetal calf serum, used as a medium in which to grow the cells — that eventually would have to be replaced by similar materials of non-animal origin," smartplanet.com reports.

And here's where the big bucks come in.  It cost 250,000 euros, or about $325,000 to produce the meat in the lab, "provided by a donor who so far has remained anonymous" (wouldn't you?).

But don't start worrying yet.  This makeshift meat won't be on supermarket shelves for a long, long time, thank goodness.

So what's the point of all this?  Allegedly, meat created in-vitro can go a long way towards reducing energy use and emissions (think: no transport trucks) while lowering land and water use. 

It's for a good cause, but I'll stick to Burger King, thanks all the same.


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