Opinion: Embrace the lab burger
August 8th, 2013
05:16 PM ET
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Editor's note: Isha Datar is the director of New Harvest, a nonprofit group founded in 2004 to promote the development of cultured meat.

On Monday, three lucky diners nibbled a $325,000 burger - not in the name of luxury but in the name of science, animal rights and sustainability. The meat was grown in a lab.

This in-vitro hamburger is "cultured" in many different ways: It's the product of human ingenuity, it's considerate of humans, animals and the planet, and it's produced through growing cells.

Tasters declared the hamburger a little dry, and you won't be able to buy one any time soon. But that's not the point: It's a proof of concept prototype - evidence that it is physically possible to produce meat through cell culture.

It's a step toward a day when meat can be produced in a cost-effective, time-efficient and completely animal-free manner.

Read - Why your burger should be grown in a lab

Previously:
Test tube burger flavor 'missing something'



soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. personal training Long Island

    No way Jose!
    I don't think the meat is intended for our nation. Maybe it will help nations that have a great amount of hunger and poverty.

    January 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
  2. Ronald McDonald

    Coming soon to a franchise near you: The McPetri Burger!

    August 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Bobbi

    What about human rights? I cannot believe for a moment that lab enginereed "food" is at all healthy.

    August 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  4. GOD_loves_Burgers

    NO!!!!!!!

    We WILL NEVER accept this,EVER!

    THE LAst thing we need is the GOVERNMENT MAKING meat.THAT is UN-GODLY!!!!!!! NEVER WILL WE DEAL WITH THIS!!!

    THE more it is ceated,them ore chemicals can be put.THIS IS AN UNHOLY SIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Brave New World

    "It's a step toward a day when children can be produced in a cost-effective, time-efficient and completely s3x-free manner."

    August 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  6. Brave New World

    "It's a step toward a day when children can be produced in a cost-effective, time-efficient and completely sex-free manner."

    August 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Little Timmy

    You ground up a dog?!?! *sniff*

    August 9, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  8. Edwin

    "It's a step toward a day when meat can be produced in a cost-effective, time-efficient and completely animal-free manner."

    When that day comes, sign me up! Don't really care if the meat comes from a lab as long as it tastes the same.

    August 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
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