For several years we’ve been hearing about the future of lab-grown food, and recent comments here motivated me to do some fresh reading up on this. I wanted to see how close we are to lab-grown food in our grocery stores, and to learn more about just how these lab-grown “foods” work.
(Guest article by ‘So Cal Gal’)
Spoiler Alert: If you are snacking on something while reading this article, you may want to stop that before continuing to read this.
Stories about lab-produced foods have been around for a few years now, but, I found a real wealth of current info on this subject at the website food dive dot com. Here’s some snippets:
A company called Aqua Cultured Foods “makes whole cut seafood analogs through microbial fermentation”. They expect to be the first to introduce whole pieces of “real-looking” fish next year, including “cuts” for sushi and poke bowls (so not just for home use). They can vary “pressure levels, humidity and gases during the production process… the same protein can be made into a flaky fish analog, meaty popcorn shrimp or chewy calamari ring”.
“Tofurky is working with Triton Algae Innovations to bring algae-based meat analog product to market” expected to be in retail stores the 1st quarter of 2022. They are appealing to “flexitarians” by scientifically engineering algae for their new “food” products.
Meatable is working to create lower-cost “growth media” to make cheaper “cultured meat”. They will be working to “develop a meat-like taste and texture for final cell-based meat products” by partnering with a company called Royal DSM, “an experienced ingredient company” that “likely has the know-how to turn a bunch of cells into an appetizing pork or beef product”. Funny use of the word “appetizing”, isn’t it?
But it’s not just meat. Voyage Foods, a “food technology company” is working to … get this… “decouple food from it’s source material”. Whoa! The CEO is clearly saying their goal is to make “food” that has absolutely no real food (from the original source) in its’ products. They are working at the molecular level, saying “it doesn’t matter too much what the initial input is.” (Huh?) Their product line will include cacao-free chocolate, coffee-bean-free coffee and peanut-free peanut butter. The “peanut butter” is expected to launch in November, the “chocolate” in early 2022.
In another article, the site writes about technology “revolutionizing” food, but wonders how to “explain” it to customers? An example is Change Foods creating dairy products “using the magic of microbes instead of animals”.
Manufacturer Eat Just “debuted the first cell-based chicken with it’s Good Meat product”. Seems the Eat Just website describes making “cell-based” meat, including selecting animal cells that are fed “a growth medium of nutrients in a bioreactor” to get them to grow and divide, “harvesting’ the cells, growing them on a “natural scaffolding, 3-D printing them into shapes, using extrusion to improve the texture and molding them into a desired form”.
Ugh… But, I did warn you to put down anything you might be snacking on while you read this article!
The industry is working on terminology, such as “cultured meat”, “cell-based” and “animal-free” (not to be confused with plant-based). The FDA put out a press release on September 2nd asking for comments on the labels of meat and poultry derived from animal cells. So, this is heading our way… whatever it may be called.
So, aside from conjuring up images of a well-known Charlton Heston movie, what does this have to do with preparedness? Well, everything.
We live on a heavily populated planet. Add in a seemingly systemic effort to curtail ranching and farming, and the potential for a Grand Solar Minimum to further affect crop production and we may be facing long-term shortages. Fresh meats and seafoods and non-GMO fruits, veggies and grains may be harder and harder to source. And with all the “transitory” inflation we are facing, who knows how much these fresh, real foods will cost going forward?
So, what to do? For those in areas zoned for animals, you are probably already raising at least some of your own animal protein sources. For those like me, who are still suburban-bound, it’s more important than ever to have multiple, trusted sources for fresh meats and seafood. Think direct producers or independents, not huge grocery chains.
Going forward, we also need to think about how our household budgets can accommodate buying fresh, real foods. Remember, politicians are telling us we need to eat less meat… and high prices, less availability and engineered “foods” are certainly ways to help them try to control our personal diets.
And as these lab-concocted products begin to roll out, we all need to be very careful about reading labels and understanding exactly what we are buying. Keep a close eye out for terms including “Cultured”, “Cell-Based” and “Animal Free”. Either in stand-alone meat products, or as ingredients in prepared items, packaged goods or even restaurant menus. Also, keep an eye out for “non-allergenic” peanut butter (no peanuts) and “sustainable” chocolate (no cacao) or coffee (no coffee beans). More than ever, it will be critical to know exactly what we are eating, and to solidify our sources for real foods.
You may now resume your snacking – if you still have an appetite!
[ Ken adds:
The World Economic Forum, leading ‘the great reset’, has also explained all the ways bugs can be used in its vision of the future… “Insect farming is set to play a growing role in our lives — especially in our diets,” the WEF states.
In other words, you will eat bugs (and cell based / lab grown goodies) instead of real meat. But it’s not just the bugs: the WEF, founded by globalist Klaus Schwab, said humans must also eventually drink sewage water and eat weeds as part of their normal diet.
So, in order to force people into eating bugs, cell based and lab grown meat substitutes, they’re going to have to find ways to discourage, harm, and eventually stop the present systems of farming cattle and such… No more Ribeye steaks for you. Just shut up and eat your bugs. And you will like it. Or else… If you don’t eat your bugs, you won’t get any pudding…