Monday, February 20, 2012

Is £200k Test Tube Burger Vegetarian

BBC News - Lab-grown meat is first step to artificial hamburger

So is this Dutch test tube lab grown meat vegetarian? It would probably pass as vegetarian but not vegan or plantarian.

Most food scientists believe that current methods of food production are unsustainable and this method of meat production is alleged to have a 60% lower environmental footprint.

At the cost of £200,000 per burger we can't see BurgerKing, MacDonalds, Wimpy or Wendy's putting it on the menu just yet.

Probably a little more appealing than the Japanese sewage burger though?

The UK Vegetarian Society are debating whether they would give this test tube lab burger it's Vegsoc seedling symbol sought after seal of approval.

London nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston asks "If it's grown without sunlight in a sterile lab I guess my question would be will the meat have any essential omega 3 fats, any Vitamin B12, any vitamin D?"

Plantarian / Vegan chef Tony Bishop-Weston says " We already have lab grown vegetarian meat - it's called Quorn!"

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