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Climate savers soon on our plates? South Korean researchers develop hybrid of rice and beef

2024-02-21T04:15:03.004Z

Highlights: Climate savers soon on our plates? South Korean researchers develop hybrid of rice and beef. It is said to contain more nutrients and contains gelatin. Scientists estimate the cost per kilo of ‘meat and rice’ to be the equivalent of just under 2.10 euros. A kilo. of beef, on the other hand, currently costs just under 14 euros. Climate researchers warn that time is running out if dramatic climate tipping points are to be averted. It has long been clear to many people that something has to be done because there is already a threat of catastrophic consequences from global and ocean warming.



As of: February 21, 2024, 5:03 a.m

By: Kathrin Reikowski

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Cow in rice: According to South Korean researchers, this is what our food could look like in the future © picture alliance/dpa |

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Scientists in South Korea are developing a pink “meat rice”: It is said to contain more nutrients and contains gelatin.

Seoul - A rice enriched with beef muscle and fat cells, with increased nutritional value: This is part of our future food, according to scientists from South Korea.

They have developed a new type of pink rice in the laboratory.

It should be good for people and the climate.

The pink “meat rice” is a cheap and sustainable alternative to meat, and the product also causes fewer greenhouse gases, said scientists from Yonsei University in the capital Seoul.

They published the results of their research in the scientific journal “Matter”.

Pink rice has high nutritional value and is ripened in a petri dish

Rice already has a high nutritional value, said co-author Park So-hyeon on Wednesday in Seoul.

“By adding bovine cells, we can increase this nutritional value even further.”

The scientists coated a grain of rice with gelatin extracted from fish so that the meat and fat cells could “lock in” and allowed this culture to mature in a Petri dish for up to eleven days.

The scientists explained that the product obtained in this way contains eight percent more protein and seven percent more fat than conventional rice.

Pink rice is said to be more climate-friendly and cheaper

The production method is also more climate-friendly than animal husbandry, which requires a lot of resources and water and produces a lot of greenhouse gases.

The scientists estimate the cost per kilo of “meat and rice” to be the equivalent of just under 2.10 euros;

A kilo of beef, on the other hand, currently costs just under 14 euros.

Climate researchers warn that time is running out if dramatic climate tipping points are to be averted.

It has long been clear to many people that something has to be done because there is already a threat of catastrophic consequences from global and ocean warming.

The younger and older generations sometimes act differently - through protest on the one hand, and through their own renunciation on the other.

It always stands out.

(AFP/kat)

Source: merkur

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