The World’s First Lab-Grown Hamburger – DailyCast for Tuesday

August 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last week in London, history was made with a hamburger. I’ll explain what happened on today’s DailyCast. 

It’s Tuesday, and you’re listening to ESLnewscast.com’s DailyCast. I’m Cory Renzella, and thank you for listening today.

One of the world’s worst problems is the food situation. Of the 7 billion people living on earth, about 1.4 billion are overweight or obese. And about 1 billion go to sleep hungry every night, because they don’t have enough food to eat. That means that some people are eating too much, while others aren’t eating enough.

And as the world’s population continues to increase and the environment becomes less predictable, there will be even more food problems.

Well, last week in London, the world was introduced to what might become one food solution. It was the first lab-grown hamburger.

Lab is short for laboratory, which is the place where scientists work. Since this hamburger was grown in a lab, that means that it didn’t come from a farm, and no animals were killed.

Instead, it came from the cells of a cow. Every organism, or living thing, is made up of cells. Scientists carefully grew the cow cells, creating pieces of muscle. These pieces of muscle were then combined, or put together, to make a burger. Then, just like a regular hamburger, it was cooked.

Some food experts visited London so that they could try it, and they said that it was not bad. One said that it wasn’t very juicy, but that it was similar to meat. And another said that it looked, felt, and tasted like meat.

This is just the beginning of what will be a long and expensive effort to create lab-grown meat. The cost of the project to create this single hamburger was hundreds of thousands of US dollars, and it was actually paid for by Sergey Brin, who is a co-founder of Google.

But if lab-grown meat becomes a success, it could greatly help the world. It takes only about half as much energy to produce lab-grown meat as it takes to produce regular meat. And the process, or the way in which it is made, also causes much less pollution.

So, sometime in the future, people might be eating hamburgers that come from labs and not from cows.

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What do you think of lab-grown meat? Would you like to eat a lab-grown hamburger? I don’t eat meat, but I am curious to try a lab-grown hamburger. Although I think it will be at least a few years before people can actually buy one.

That’s the news for today. ESLnewscast.com is “Your English Window to the World”, and wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a good day. Thanks for listening, and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow. Bye-bye.

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