Echoing what Brin and other in-vitro apostles call the world-saving promise of cultured beef and other animal products, Newkirk said that “instead of the millions and billions of animals being slaughtered now, we could just clone a few cells to make burgers or chops.”
In remarks at the tasting event, Post cautioned that mass-produced cultured beef is still 10 or 20 years off. And after hearing his official tasters compare the patty to “cake” and call for salt and pepper to make up for the lack of fat flavor, he acknowledged that the burger needed work.
“There is no fat in here yet,” he said. “We’re working on that. It will take a couple of months. We all know some of the flavor comes from the fat and the juices come from the fat, but I think this is a good start.”
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