Lab-grown BACON strips and pork belly finally created by UK food engineers from pig cells

PORK belly and bacon strips made in a lab have been created by a commercial meat company in the UK.

Higher Steaks says it has created sample products of the lab-grown meat and hopes to have a large scale testing event later this year.

To bioprint from cells, scientists usually grow them into a cluster.

These cells can then be turned into a paste that can be printed into sheets.

The sheets can be made into chunks of meat and then processed and seasoned to give them flavour.

According to Tech Crunch, Higher Steaks used lab-grown cells, plant products, proteins, fats and starches to create its futuristic meat product.

Chief executive Benjamina Bollag told the publication: "There’s still a lot of work until it’s commercial but the revelation of a pork belly product that’s made from 50% cultivated cells and a bacon product which contains 70% meat grown from a cell material in a laboratory is something of a milestone for the industry."

Higher Steaks's creation is thought to be the first commercial lab-grown bacon product.

There's a number of other lab-growing meat companies out there but they're mostly focused on steak, burgers or chicken.

So far, only a small amount of the Higher Steaks product has been created and its not at the level to sell to customers just yet.

However, Higher Steaks has now proved that it can create bacon and pork belly.

It aims to meet the overwhelming demand for pork in a sustainable way.

Bollag told Tech Crunch: "Our mission is to provide meat that is healthy and sustainable without the consumer making any sacrifices on taste."

The bacon strips and pork belly contain animal cells so aren't vegetarian or vegan.

However, they would be more environmentally friendly to produce than the standard way of producing pork due to factors like less greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gases – what are they?

Here's what you need to know…

  • The greenhouse effect is a phenomenon that warms the Earth's surface and air
  • It's caused by gases in the air that trap energy that travels to Earth from the Sun
  • The gases that cause this effect are known as "greenhouse gases"
  • Common greennhouse gases include methane and carbone dioxide
  • This greenhouse effect is important, because it makes sure Earth stays warm enough to support life
  • Without the greenhouse effect, heat would escape into space – significantly cooling Earth
  • But there is a risk that humans are releasing too many greenhouse gases into the atmosphere
  • This can be caused by burning coal, oil and other fossil fuels
  • By trapping more heat, the temperature of Earth rises – which is believed to be one of the main causes of global warming

In other news, KFC is working with a Russian 3D bioprinting company to create lab-produced chicken nuggets.

Elon Musk has announced he'll be making a statement about his human brain implants next month.

And, the world’s population will start shrinking within 45 years, experts say.

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