Lab-grown meat isn’t just “coming”; it’s here. Back in February, a company called Memphis Meats taste-tested what it billed as “the world’s first cultured meatball” made from lab-grown beef. Problem was the beef used for that tiny meatball cost about $18,000 per pound. In 2013, the world’s first test-tube hamburger was made for a mere $325,000, so the good news is the process appears to be getting cheaper. But a lingering question with lab-made meat remains: When, if ever, will it be practical?
A new company called SuperMeat believes the “if” is a definite and the “when” is so soon that it’s already launched an Indiegogo campaign to start raising money. The Israel-based outfit that focuses, uniquely, on chicken meat – specifically “chicken liver meat, minced meat and chicken breast meat” – provides the following overview: “Yaakov Nahmias is an award winning biomedical engineer and a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Together we've been developing a system for producing small scale cultured meat. That means growing REAL meat in machines in supermarkets and communities all over the world.”