Mega Factories Target Cow-Free Milk and Cheese
Bloomberg | 26 January 2023
Exciting news for food tech as a new wave of startups is building mega factories enabling large-scale production of cow-free milk. These factories will facilitate precision fermentation, a technology cultivating microbes to produce milk proteins found in animal products. Differing from plant-based proteins, this process offers a way to revive the fortunes of alternative proteins whilst curbing the environmental footprint of livestock.
EPA Considers Tougher Regulation of Livestock Farm Pollution
The Washington Post | 23 January 2023
It’s never too late to mend! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to examine whether to toughen regulation of large livestock farms that release manure and other pollutants into waterways. The latest Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index shows that the risks associated with waste pollution remain largely unaddressed by major animal protein producers globally. Just 6% of assessed companies disclose engaging with their animal suppliers to ensure better nutrient management practices.
Restaurants Dropping Meat Dishes as Costs Rise and Veganuary Grows More Popular
The Guardian | 21 January 2023
An interesting trend across the UK: restaurants are removing meat dishes from their menus. Main drivers? The impact of inflation and the rising popularity of Veganuary. A survey of over 150 restaurant chains shows that only 33% of main courses include meat, and just 12% of starters. On top of that, there is also an expansion of vegan-only restaurants. With trends around healthier living and eating less meat on the rise, is this shift going to persist?
Graphic of the Week:
COP28 host, UAE, is behind on climate progress to meet the Paris Agreement.
Source: Financial Times
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