Later this year in Washington some people are going to get together and eat a lunch which could potentially change the world. The lunch is going to be fried chicken, which might not be the most thought of food for a lunch that could change the world, but when you consider that the chicken involved in the lunch has never been alive, it is quite remarkable indeed.
In 2007 the largest animal welfare group in the world, Peta, said that by 2012 they should have been able to create meat in the laboratory that can be produced on a commercial scale. They said that the first scientist to be able to create a type of artificial chicken that is indistinguishable from the real thing will be awarded $1 million in prize money.
The founder of the group, Ingrid Newkirk stated, “We really didn’t have any idea who would apply to this competition and when we first launched it we really thought no one would bother. However, the reward is real, and researchers have been working on it, although they have kept rather quiet up until now. It seems as if progress is being made and we are very optimistic about the potential future of cultured meat.”
Mark Post is one of the scientists leading the race and he is the head of physiology at Maastricht University which is located in Holland. The government, as well as an anonymous donor, gave him $300,000 in order to develop the meat and it has been claimed by the scientist that he is on the verge of creating a complete burger.
He estimates that by the end of the year he would have created the burger successfully. As he is working with beef, he is not eligible for the prize, but it is expected that in the near future other scientists are going to come forward with similar achievements