SCIENTISTS AT MEMPHIS MEATS REVEAL WORLD’S FIRST LAB-GROWN MEATBALL – NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE PROCESS
Lab grown meats are new big thing and they are getting even bigger. The whole idea of getting meat without harming animals has took everyone by storm. And in no time it has gained so much popularity.
Memphis Meats is a start-up based in San Francisco. They are devoted to creating lab-grown meat from animal cells. On Tuesday, Memphis Meats released a video that shows what they called World’s First Cultured Meatball. Video showed the meatball was getting fried up in a pan.
The video also show the chief executive of Memphis Meats, Uma Valeti, saying that they heard the sizzle and smelled the meat. It was exactly as it should be.
“We watched how the meatball reacted in the pan, we heard the sizzle, we smelled the meat and it was exactly how you would expect a meatball to smell” said Uma Valeti.
“This is the first time a meatball has ever been cooked with beef cells that didn’t require a cow to be slaughtered” he added.
As reported in Wall Street Journal, what Memphis Meat does is, they grow animal muscle tissue using the stem cells of cows and pigs. They feed oxygen and nutrients to these muscle tissues. Hence there are no animals slaughtered in the whole process. Although, the firm does use fetal bovine serum from the blood of unborn calves to begin the process.
The cells grow in very thin layers, so far. And it requires intensive labor and is expensive as well. At this moment it costs around $18,000 to produce a single pound of Memphis Meat. Whereas you can purchase the same amount of store beef for $4.
The company is founded by three scientists. They had been experimenting growing meat from the stem cells of cow, pig and chicken. They say that they are committed to what they are doing and they will be selling their product – animal-free meat – to customers in three to four years.
The company is planning to roll out some amazing products in their first line. These include hot dogs, burgers, meatballs and sausages. All of them will be using recipes developed by award winning chefs from around the world.
Another things Valeti said in the video is that the process which his company uses to produce Memphis Meats, produces 90 percent lesser greenhouse gas emissions than traditional agriculture.
“The meat industry knows their products aren’t sustainable,” Valeti told the Wall Street Journal. “We believe that in 20 years, a majority of meat sold in stores will be cultured.”
This whole idea of test tube meat is so popular that a lot of companies are investing in it. There are several other start-ups racing to produce laboratory meat.
In 2012, a Netherlands scientist Mark Post came under spotlight as he made a lab-grown hamburger with a whopping $330,000 price tag. The production costs are falling already. And big companies are willing to invest in this business. Mark Post told Huffington in 2014 that he would be able to bring the cost down to $11 per burger patty.
It is very early to say if we will all be enjoying lab-grown meatballs, chicken wings and pork chops. But for now, undoubtedly, everybody is racing to be the first one to bring it to out plates.