Will meat, milk and eggs from ‘microbial protein factories’ replace animal agriculture?

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“By 2030, the US dairy and cattle industry will have collapsed,” as ‘precision fermentation’ – producing animal proteins more efficiently via microbes – disrupts food production as we know it, predicts think tank RethinkX ….

A new wave of companies using a suite of engineered microorganisms (yeast, bacteria, fungi) capable of producing everything from collagen and gelatin (Geltor) to egg proteins (Clara Foods), heme proteins that can be used in plant-based meat (Impossible Foods, Triton Algae Innovations), milk proteins (Perfect Day, New Culture), proteins found in human breast milk (Triton), or a combination of these (Motif FoodWorks) in big fermentation tanks, could change the food industry as we know it, predicts RethinkX.

So what do industry stakeholders and other commentators make of these bold predictions? …. [T]he National Milk Producers Federation said the authors were living in a “vegan fantasyland.”​ A spokesman added: “This study will be a millstone around the neck of the fake-foods lobby. ​

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Jack Bobo, who …. now runs Futurity​​, a consultancy at the intersection of food and technology, told FoodNavigator-USA that while precision fermentation was potentially disruptive, it was “incredibly unlikely that this ​[the collapse of the US dairy and cattle industry] will happen in the timeframe they describe.”​

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