THE HAGUE
AFP
Never mind last month’s revolutionary test-tube beef burger grown from meat stem cells. The Dutch are way ahead with a “vegetarian butcher” who transforms plants into “meat”.
Dubbed the “Frankenburger”, the lab-grown beef - developed at a cost of more than 250,000 euros ($330,000) - was unveiled by scientists in London and served to volunteers in what was billed as the start of a food revolution.
But “we are much more advanced, so-much-so that we have built an unassailable lead over meat produced from stem cells,” said Jaap Korteweg, founder of the “Vegetarian Butcher”.
While the “cultured beef” in London was made using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow, the Dutch butcher needs only plant matter to make his “meat”.