That could be what you'll hear at your local McDonald's drive-thru within the next decade.
By now you've probably heard all about the latest food development: the world's first hamburger grown in a laboratory from cattle stem cells. A Dutch scientist led the two-year $325,000 effort that grew the cultured meat from cow muscle.
Apparently the two people to first taste this "burger" said the bite was similar to a normal hamburger but the it tasted like animal protein. Hmm...go figure!
Dr. Mark Post, the brainchild behind the burger, told the New York Times that vegetarians should remain vegetarians because it's better for the environment.
Since the news came out, I thought it was interesting that PETA supports the lab-meat initiative because "instead of the millions and billions of animals being slaughtered now, we could just clone a few cells to make burgers or chops," the PETA's president said.
I'm a little torn. While I agree this probably could be a better alternative, it strikes me as having so many potential health problems. I try to eat as much unprocessed, natural, whole grains, fruit and vegetables as possible. The idea of eating something that was manufactured in a lab is a little repulsive and so unnatural.
What if several years after its made for mass consumption, the FDA discovers this type of meat creation can cause cancer or something horrible? But if something like this helps the environment, meets the growing demand for meat and reduces some horrific animal-welfare issues, then perhaps it's something to continue researching.
I'm interested to see where this development in food consumption will go over the next few years and if more lab manufactured foods will eventually be made for at reduced costs for mass consumption.
Either way, I'm going to stick with my veggie burgers and plan to for the foreseeable future.