California Allocates Funding for Cultivated Meat R&D

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, and California Senate & Assembly leaders passed a state budget on June 29th, 2022 that includes the first-ever dedicated funding for cultivated meat research development in California history. The budget allocates a total of $5 million to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Davis to use for the research and development of cultivated and plant-based meats. UPSIDE Foods, the first … Continue reading California Allocates Funding for Cultivated Meat R&D

Would You Like Woolly Mammoth Heme on Your Burger?

Heme is the iron-rich compound found in meat that provides a deep color and a rich, umami flavor. The reason the Impossible Burger tastes so real is due to the addition of the company’s proprietary plant-based heme. And now, thanks to a Belgium-based company called Paleo, we might be able to get burgers infused with Wooly Mammoth heme (news from VegNews). “How outlandish!” you must … Continue reading Would You Like Woolly Mammoth Heme on Your Burger?

We Tried Bacon Made From Mycelium (and You Should Too)

Vegan bacon sucks. Until now. We are entering the plant-based 2.0 phase where meat alternatives are becoming more realistic, more nutritious, and tastier than the first products that rolled into the market. MyForest Foods is one of the companies making much better meat alternatives. Using mycelium, the root-like structure of mycelium, MyForest Foods produces a plant-based bacon product made with six simple ingredients (mycelium, beet … Continue reading We Tried Bacon Made From Mycelium (and You Should Too)

Fish of the Future: 3D-Printed Salmon & Jackfruit Fish Fillet

A misconception exists that seafood is the more sustainable option over red meat and four-legged animals. While fish and crustaceans are wild and do not release greenhouse gases like cattle and other livestock, many fishing methods cause habitat destruction and create plastic pollution. On top of this, due to extreme overfishing, many ocean-dwelling species are now threatened or endangered. When an ecosystem loses too many … Continue reading Fish of the Future: 3D-Printed Salmon & Jackfruit Fish Fillet

Cultivated Meat: Halal or Kosher?

As you might already know, cultivated meat (also called cell-based or lab-grown meat) is produced sustainably from the extracted live cells without slaughtering the animal. Although it is not yet available on a commercial scale yet, cultured meat has similar culinary and sensory qualities to real meat. Also called lab-grown or cell-based meat, it will need to comply with certain standards and methods of production … Continue reading Cultivated Meat: Halal or Kosher?

Made from Fungi: Low-Carb, Carbon-Neutral Pasta

Michelle Ruiz, a chemical engineer from Ecuador, was faced with the challenge of modifying her mother’s diet, who was diagnosed with prediabetes. She thought of replacing wheat, which is high in carbohydrates, with mycelium (the rootlike structure of fungi) to produce high-protein, low-carb food products like pasta for diabetes at affordable prices. To commercialize the plan, Ruiz launched Hyfé Foods, a startup with $2 million … Continue reading Made from Fungi: Low-Carb, Carbon-Neutral Pasta

Meet E-FISHient: A Promising Startup in the Cultivated Seafood Field

After rising success in the field of cultivated meat, BioMeat and the Volcani Center have collaborated to develop cultivated fish that will change the future of seafood. The two companies will work specifically on creating cultured tilapia. BioMeat Foodtech, a company specializing in investments in cultured meat and meat alternatives, has announced the formation of E-FISHient Protein, a joint venture with the Volcani Center, an … Continue reading Meet E-FISHient: A Promising Startup in the Cultivated Seafood Field

Smoked Salmon To Be Made From Fresh Spirulina

IFF-DuPont, an International food conglomerate, is teaming up with Israel-based food tech start-up SimpliiGood (by Algaecore Technologies LTD) to create a plant-based smoked salmon analog made from a single ingredient: whole fresh spirulina. The spirulina will be grown in the desert under controlled, ideal conditions, as depicted above. This particular type of blue-green algae is fast-growing, contains important nutrients (like iron, B-12, and protein), and captures … Continue reading Smoked Salmon To Be Made From Fresh Spirulina

Yes, Protein Can Be Made From Thin Air

While we can’t snap our fingers and procure a steak from thin air, this is as close as we’ve been to doing something so futuristic and outlandish. Air Protein is a California-based food tech start-up that captures carbon from the air to turn it into protein (news from Plant Based News). The company was inspired by NASA research in the 1970s that focused on novel … Continue reading Yes, Protein Can Be Made From Thin Air