In 2013, Mark Post’s research teach at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands developed a synthetic burger that took eight to nine weeks to grow in the lab. With enough resources, up to 1-million synthetic burgers could be grown at the same time, which would suit the pace of a modern restaurant slightly better. It cost approximately £250,000 to grow two years ago, but now, the team says that this could hit shelves within 5-years, and at a far more affordable price. “I feel extremely excited about the prospect of this product being on sale. And I am confident that when it is offered as an alternative to meat that increasing numbers of people will find it hard not to buy our product for ethical reasons,” said researcher Peter Verstrate. Continue reading for a taste-test video and more information.
“I am confident that we will have it on the market in five years. It would be available as an exclusive product to order to begin with but would be on supermarket shelves once a demand had been established and the price comes down,” according to Mark Post.