Would you mind trying a 'cultivated burger'?
Dutch people wouldn't mind trying the 'cultivated burger'
A series of recent scandals has affected the reputation of meat. When the cultivated meat burger was presented by researchers from Maastricht University, Flycatcher asked Dutch people whether they felt that cultivated meat would be a good alternative.
Horse steak, pork in halal meat, pieces of chicken injected with water; various scandals have given meat a bad name. Cultivated meat that has been produced from stem cells in a laboratory, so not taken from an animal, could be an alternative. But do Dutch people feel that way too?
Being unknown, however, did not mean unloved. Two thirds of all Dutch citizens (63%) is in favour of producing cultivated meat. "The responses are generally positive, also on social media," says Pleun Aardening, senior research at Flycatcher. More than half of the Dutch population (52%) would like to try cultivated meat. The most important reasons mentioned were: preventing of animal suffering and helping to solve the world food problem. 71% would buy the product more often if taste, structure and nutritional value were the same as in traditional meat.
What's in a name?
Dutch professor Mark Post, who developed the cultivated meat at Maastricht University, says it is "encouraging that the majority are positively inclined towards the idea." Those interviewed were negative about the term 'cultivated meat'. Dutch people who said they did not want to try cultivated meat, thought that it was genetically manipulated, unhealthy and not tasty. Post therefore warns: "We have to make it clear that this meat is not genetically manipulated."
Want to know more about this cultivated burger? See CulturedBeef.net.