The world’s first laboratory-grown beef burger will be served in London at an exclusive location next week, costing its developer more than $250,000 to produce.
The 5 oz. “Frankenburger” is made from 3,000 tiny strips of meat grown from the stem cells of a cow, the Independent reported.
The raw meat created by Mark Post, a professor at the University of Maastricht in Holland, is said to be gray and slippery like squid, according to the Daily Mail.
“Right now, we are using 70 percent of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock. You are going to need alternatives,” Mr. Post told the Independent. “If we don’t do anything meat will become a luxury food and will become very expensive.”
Mr. Post’s burger was funded by an anonymous businessman who may be the first to actually try it.
PETA spokesman Ben Williamson said, “We do support lab-grown meat if it means fewer animals are eaten. Anything that reduces the suffering of animals wold be welcome.”
The Food Standards Agency have said they would have to provide evidence that the test-tube beef is safe for the public before it can be sold commercially.