It’s called “cultured meat”. The first beef burger grown in a Petri dish was cooked before an audience of news media and academics on August 5, 2013. The media event was held in London and featured the cooking of the first cultured beef burger by Chef Richard McGeown of Couch’s Great House Restaurant in Cornwall. The stem cell created burger is the brainchild of Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His idea for sustainable and ethical meat production is backed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Professor Post’s burger was created using the same stem cell culturing techniques of the medical community. The chef was asked to compare the burger to a traditional burger and stated that it was slightly paler. In cooking the burger, he used sunflower oil to ensure a hot cooking temperature and butter to seal the beef. There was no salt or pepper added or any condiments. Those chosen for the tasting were Post, Josh Schonwald, known food writer and nutritional researcher Hanni Rützler. Much to the disappointment of the audience, the patty wasn’t big enough to give a sampling to them. The conclusion of the tasters? “Close to [beef] meat”. The scientists enhanced the color with red beet juice and saffron. Bread crumbs were added for a binder. Rützler stated she couldn’t taste these ingredients. (1) While meat is muscle from an animal, the flavor comes from fat within the meat. Adding fat cells is the next step Dr. Post and his team will be focusing on. The goal is to ultimately produce meat that’s exactly like the cow in the field; it could take 10 to 20 more years to perfect.
Browsing world hunger
When you go to sleep at night, chances are you’ve had a full meal earlier that evening, but every night almost one billion people in the world go to bed hungry. (1) There are over 30 million Americans that fall into this statistic, 13 million of them are children. While there are several assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), children are still going to bed hungry for various reasons, such as income just above the poverty line, that disqualifies a household for food stamps and other federal assistance. Undernourishment brings a set of problems that impact the person’s ability to function and work in order to earn a living and improve their living conditions. Malnourished people suffer from weakened immune systems and fall victim to disease more readily. Undernourished children are also at a developmental risk that will impact them for their entire lives. The UN (United Nations) statistics on world hunger reveal that one out of seven people in the world don’t have enough food to live a healthy and active life. In America, one out of four children lives in what is termed as food insecurity, which means not always having access to food. (1) Of all the statistics, the most alarming and devastating is the one posted on the Seed Programs International (SPI) website: “Every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases – that’s over 30,000 per day and one every 5 seconds”. (2)
According to a press release issued by Children International today, rising global food prices are leading to even greater problems with hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. The Food and Agriculture Organization statistics show that the number of people that go hungry in the world has increased by 77 million people since 2007. The factors blamed for this increase include the global rise in prices for fuel, which directly led to a significant spike in food prices around the world. Larger Price Increases in 2010
Previous generations had TB, World Wars, the Cold War and awful 80s music to contend with. This generation is faced with another worldwide problem; global warming. As a result, more and more people are trying to go green. The saving grace is supposed to be biofuel production that by 2050 will be powering much of this planet. Emissions will be slashed as a result of the world’s reduced dependence on fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. All good news right? Perhaps not. A new study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons suggests that the grass might not be so ‘green’ by 2050. Increased Biofuel Production Will Cause Food Shortages The World Bank has suggested in its new findings that increasing the level of biofuel production would cause the price of food to sky rocket.