Lab-grown meat ‘wasn’t bad,’ but needs seasoning
In a step toward potentially helping meet the worldwide demand for ground meat, scientists have managed to grow meat in a lab – a very expensive process funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.
科学家们试着在实验室里造出生肉，以满足世界范围内对成品肉的需求。这个昂贵的实验是由谷歌的合伙创始人Sergey Brin资助的 。NBC的Keir Simmons报道 。
It was five years in the making. Tonight a team of scientists has unveiled what could be the future of food a hamburger grown from the stem cells of cattle, cooked up in a lab instead of a kitchen. And the folks behind this is necessary because America's love affair with the hamburger has now spread around so much of the world and that's created a problem. We'll get our report on that tonight from NBC's Keir Simmons in London .
reporter: People love hamburgers. We've been eating them for a long time. Americans eat three hamburgers a week on average, nearly 50 billion burgers a year. But now the taste for burgers has gone global. And that's the problem. You need a lot of cattle to feed the worlds' growing appetite for beef. The solution may soon be a synthetic haurger. Today in London, they proved meat made in the lab can be cook and eaten. The recipe begins with stem cells from cattle. From one cell, 1 trillion more can be grown. Layered together they create laboratory beef. Add beet juice, saffron, caramellon, bread crumbs and a burger is born. But how did it taste?
It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. You would not eat this naked you need to add some more flavor, some salt, some ketchup, some pickles.
reporter: And then there's the cost. $300,000 per patty. Advocates including google cofounder Sergei Brinn, the billionaire funding the work, say it's worth it because cattle produce methane that harms the environment and consumes so much it's unsustainable.
The current meat production is at its maximum, and it's not going to supply sufficient meat for the growing demand in the coming 40 years.
reporter: Not everyone likes the idea. I think it's disgusting.
reporter: So those synthetic burgers are going to compete with the real thing, one of these has to taste just as good. Scientists say mass production is years away. So for now, this lab-grown beef is rare but one day, we may all be eating it. Keir Simmons NBC news, London.