Can Fake Meat Designers in Silicon Valley and the Netherlands Create Products that Get Real Meat Eaters to Consume Their Products?
Post's research requires the slaughter of one initial animal to create the "starter" to grow more. Muscle tissue is transferred to a petri dish where satellite cells (stem cells) are identified. Several thousands of these are then placed in a "vat" with "synthetic broth" and grown into larger pieces of meat. Currently, this technology is very expensive and time-consuming. Harvesting enough meat for a hamburger costs an estimated £200,000 (US$330,000). According to Post, these costs have be reduced with capital investments. This is why he is working on a variety of public relations events to promote his research.