Frankenmeat: 'Not bad, actually'
April 30th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
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In a nondescript hotel ballroom last month at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, Andras Forgacs offered a rare glimpse at the sci-fi future of food.

Before an audience of tech-industry types, Forgacs produced a plate of small pink wafers - "steak chips," he called them - and invited people up for a taste. But these were no ordinary snacks: Instead of being harvested from a steer, they had been grown in a laboratory from tiny samples of animal tissue.

One taster's verdict on this Frankenmeat? Not bad, actually.

"It was delicious. It tasted like a thin piece of beef jerky," said Michael Wang, a program manager in Washington. "I would have never thought it wasn't real meat."

Forgacs is co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a young company that is developing lab-engineered meat and leather products, also known as "cultured," "in vitro" or "test-tube" meat. He is among a new breed of youthful entrepreneurs who are applying tech-startup principles - innovation, efficiency, data-driven processes - to address the growing challenges of global food production.

"Once you start to see food as technology, as a form of hardware, you start to ask, why can't food get better?" asked Rob Rhinehart, CEO of Rosa Labs, a nutritional-science startup based in Los Angeles. "But there's a lot of disagreement about what our products are. Is it fake? Is it real?"

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Leona Pottas

    Why won't people eat it? If the taste is the same why not?

    May 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  2. Thinking things through

    I'd probably eat this sooner than TVP. At least I doubt they use hexane to extract it.

    May 2, 2014 at 6:59 am | Reply
    • Leona Pottas

      I feel the same way!

      May 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  3. authorssmith

    Reblogged this on Author S. Smith and commented:
    Um, sounds a little like something out of Seed Savers...

    May 1, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
  4. Truthâ„¢

    Interesting!

    April 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply

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