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March 15, 2019

Shiok Meats takes the cultured meat revolution to the seafood aisle with plans for cultured shrimp

Rising consumer interest in alternative proteins and meat replacements has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to companies trying to grow or replace beef or chicken, but few companies have turned their attention to developing seafood alternatives.

Now Shiok Meats is looking to change that. The company has raised pre-seed financing from investors like AIM Partners, Boom Capital, and Bryan Bettencourt and is now part of the recent Y Combinator cohort presenting next week.

Co-founders Sandiya Shriram and Ka Yi Ling are both stem cell scientists working at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research who decided to leave their cushy [...]

 
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February 26, 2019

With $90 million in funding, the Ginkgo spinoff Motif joins the fight for the future of food

Continuing its quest to become the Amazon Web Services for biomanufacturing, href=”http://ginkgobioworks.com/”>Ginkgo Bioworks has launched a new spinoff called Motif Ingredients with $90 million in funding to develop proteins that can serve as meat and dairy replacements.

It’s the second spinout for Ginkgo since late 2017 when the company partnered with Bayer to launch Joyn Bio, a startup researching and developing bacteria that could improve crop yields.

Now, with Motif, Ginkgo is tackling the wild world of protein replacements for the food and beverage industry through the spinoff of Motif Ingredients.

It’s a move that’s [...]

 
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February 15, 2019

I Can’t Eat Much Meat on the Planetary Health Diet—But I’m Feeling Better When I Do

Like many other Americans, I love meat. But as a climate reporter, it’s one of my biggest struggles, because I know that our love affair with meat takes a huge toll. The planetary health plate diet I’ve been eating for the past few weeks, however, has really helped me put in perspective what less conspicuous animal…

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December 20, 2018

Oh sorry, is eating meat bad for the planet? I didn’t know.

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Enlarge / One of Texas’ top BBQ destinations: Micklethwait. (credit: Nathan Mattise)

People want to be good. They want to save the Earth, or at least maybe just destroy it a little more slowly. The problem is, they don’t know how. They don’t really have any idea about how much energy their appliances are using, or how much energy it takes to make the food they eat, and thus don’t know the greenhouse gas impact of using those appliances or eating that food.

If only they knew, the hope goes, they (we) would change their (our) destructive ways. “Those [...]

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