Meet the meat
In recent years, Professor Mark Post from the Netherlands served up the very first cultured beef burger. Since then progress in this area has exploded, with scientists across the world growing meat, milk, eggs and even leather from stem cells. In 2016, Memphis Meats unveiled their cultured meatball and have promised to bring lab grown pork to the market within five years. SuperMeat, the brains behind the video above, claim to be the first to work on cultured chicken meat products — a market with an undeniable demand, as they reached their initial crowdfunding target within just two weeks of launching! (Don’t worry, if you’d like to help them kickstart their project it’s not too late to chip in and receive your SuperMeat voucher.)
Given that the meat market is worth billions of dollars every year, it’s not surprising to see some of the world’s biggest tech innovators vying for a piece of the clean meat pie, so to speak. The likes of Bill Gates, Sergey Brin (Google Co-founder) and Peter Thiel (PayPal co-founder) have all backed projects in this space. But there’s more than just money to be made from investing in clean meat. For Sergey Brin, who backed the very first lab grown beef burger with a whopping €250,000, the motivation was for animal welfare reasons.