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This Could Be the First Lab-Grown Burger to Ever Be Served

Guilt-free, lab-grown meat may soon be on the market thanks to Mosa Meat's successful development of an animal-free hamburger.
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By the end of the year 2022, Netherlands based food development and production company Mosa Meat hopes to have a hamburger on the market that looks, cooks, and tastes exactly like ground beef—except it's completely animal-free.

Back in 2013, Mosa Meat's current Chief Scientific Officer Mark Post revealed "the world's first slaughter-free hamburger" at a London press conference. It was the first time the public was introduced to a burger produced in a lab from cow cells that were coaxed to grow and replicate without the animal being harmed. The cells are grown using plant-based nutrition and produce a meat essentially identical to ground beef sourced from cattle. And now, the "cultured" (or "clean") meat industry is quickly expanding into a promising new market with about 50 new companies across the world attempting to make lab-grown foods. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.)

As Food Dive reports, Mosa Meat wants to take what its made and be the first to produce a lab-grown burger for mass consumption—following in the footsteps of U.S. company Eat Just, Inc. and its new brand GOOD Meat, which was just approved last week to sell its lab-grown chicken nuggets in a restaurant in Singapore.  To that end, Mosa Meat completed a major round of fundraising–led by Blue Horizon Ventures–this fall, which has brought its total investment up to 75 million Euros, or approximately $91 million U.S. dollars.

With these funds (and additional money to be secured in the near future), Post tells Food Dive that the plan is to ramp up production of their cell-based meats, secure regulatory approval (first in Europe, then elsewhere), and bring a burger product to market with the next 2 or so years that can be served and sold exactly like a traditional beef-based hamburger.

To achieve these ambitious goals, Mosa Meat is working on improving its efficiency and reducing the costs of producing animal-free meats. But get this: At present, one cell sample removed from a single cow can be grown into 800 million strands of lab-raised muscle tissue, which can equate to about 20,000 pounds of cruelty-free beef. That's pretty incredible.

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Steven John
Steven John is a freelancer writer for Eat This, Not That! based just outside New York City. Read more