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World's First Cultured Meatball
by KindMeal.my, 08 April 2016
World's First Cultured Meatball

No cows were killed in the making of this meatball. No, really! They grew it in a laboratory.

Memphis Meats has held a taste test for its meat product and the verdict is that it tastes just like the real thing. It smells like meat and tastes like meat, but this meatball is not meat as any of us traditionally understand it.

The 'cultured meat' is grown outside a live animal using real meat cells, and it's being heralded as the answer to food for the future.

Unveiled by Memphis Meats , animal protein cells from cows, pigs, and chickens are administered "oxygen and nutrients such as sugars and minerals" until they grow into steak-sized samples.

The process takes between nine and 21 days and the company’s first products - hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs - will be developed using recipes perfected over a half century by award-winning chefs.

“This is absolutely the future of meat,” said CEO Uma Valeti, MD. “We plan to do to animal agriculture what the car did to the horse and buggy. Cultured meat will completely replace the status quo and make raising animals to eat them simply unthinkable.”

Valeti, a cardiologist who trained at the Mayo Clinic , is associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and president of the Twin Cities American Heart Association. He founded Memphis Meats with Nicholas Genovese, Ph.D, a stem cell biologist, and Will Clem, Ph.D., a biomedical engineer who owns a chain of barbecue restaurants in Memphis, Tennessee (USA).

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who provided £230,000 to fund the world’s first cultured hamburger, describes cultured meat as a technology with “the capability to transform how we view our world". Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute, “Cultured meat is sustainable, creates far fewer greenhouse gases than conventional meat, is safer, and doesn’t harm animals. For people who want to eat meat, cultured meat is the future.”

While generating one calorie from beef requires 23 calories in feed, Memphis Meats plans to produce a calorie of meat from just three calories in inputs. The company’s products will be free of antibiotics, fecal matter, pathogens, and other contaminants found in conventional meat.

What do you think about this development? Are you eager to try these products? If you aren't happy to know that animals are slaughtered for their meat, this is probably an intriguing story. Meanwhile, until we see Memphis Meats' products in Malaysia, we have http://KindMeal.my — your best source for meat-free dining options.

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