The first lab grown beef burger is close to being consumed by Scientist Mark Post of Utrecht University on Monday. This will mark a tremendous step forward as it could mean a dramatic cut in emissions. Currently, livestock accounts for five percent of CO2 emissions and 30 percent of methane emissions globally, but with a price tag of over $300,000, it is nowhere near individual consumption yet. If the burger pasts the taste test the next test would be to have the lab grade beef produced commercially, which would require further investment, and unless PETA amends their one million dollar reward to include test tube beef, it is currently just for chicken. The scientists would have to look elsewhere for funding in order for this to even have a chance at individual consumption.
My hopes are that this test tube beef isn’t like the chicken that plagued the town of Eureka.