Books, TV and film have given us many concepts of futuristic food over the years. Perhaps a pill that makes you full without having to eat anything else, or various liquid concoctions full of essential vitamins and minerals. In reality, the near future of food, particularly meat, actually looks, smells and even tastes quite a lot like the meat we eat today, but for one major difference: it's grown inside a lab.
Seeker's Laura Ling recently visited one of the companies heading up the lab-grown meat industry, New Wave Foods, a biotech startup based in Northern California that specializes in creating synthetic shrimp. New Wave Foods was started by Dominique Barnes and Michelle Wolf, who are both passionate about making the food industry, particularly the seafood industry, more sustainable.
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"Shrimp is the number one consumed seafood in the US [...] but the way we're getting it now isn't sustainable," Barnes told Laura Ling. In fact, 38% of the world's mangroves have been destroyed in order to create shrimp farms. New Wave Foods doesn't involved any farming or fishing. Their product looks, smells and tastes like shrimp, but it's created from plants and algae in a lab and then goes through a proprietary process that gives it the consistency of real shrimp.