2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
“Sometimes a new technology comes along and it has the capability to transform how we view our world,” said Sergey Brin in a video posted this morning by Maastricht University. As a co-founder of Google, he’s in a strong position to tell us when there’s a technology that “seems like it’s on the cusp of viability” and worth paying attention to.
What Brin has set his sights on is a path to meat that skips the cow — a burger even PETA can get behind, and that one day could have major implications for sustainable food production. As revealed this morning, he was the anonymous donor bankrolling Dr. Mark Post’s $325,000 effort to create lab-grown synthetic meat from stem cells.
The first public tasting of the lab burgers is taking place in London now. Watch it live here.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.