Veggie burgers historically are dry, crumbly and composed of some combination of soy, beans and lentils -- not this one. The Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods has everything a meat-lover looks for in a burger: a slightly pink middle, juicy dribbles, a smoky flavor and the ability to get the characteristically charred crust that only a grilled burger can offer. This meatless patty even bleeds like beef. In fact, vegetarian CNET reporter Joan Solsman found it to be so meatlike that she couldn't even finish a sample. After not eating beef for more than a decade, she mumbled through a mouthful: "It's kind of grossing me out." The other thing that might put you off about this cool, meatless burger? It's created in a lab, not in green pastures. What is in the Impossible Burger? Impossible Foods' unprecedented burger concoction is built on four ingredient foundations: protein, fat, binders and flavor. The protein in an Impossible Burger isn't animal flesh; rather, it's a … [Read more...] about The Impossible Burger: Everything you need to know
Not long after Calyxt moved into its shiny new steel and glass headquarters on the outskirts of Minneapolis last summer, a woman pulled her car into its freshly poured parking lot and headed for the biotech firm’s front door. She caught the company’s chief science officer, Dan Voytas, just as he was leaving. “Um, is this a medical marijuana facility?” she asked, here eyes drifting to the rows of greenhouses at the back of the property and the high fences surrounding them. No, they weren’t growing pot. They were growing something at once even more revolutionary and perhaps more controversial: gene-edited food crops. Farmers and breeders have been manipulating the DNA of the plants humans eat for millenia. But with powerful new gene-editing technologies developed over the last five years, scientists can now add or subtract plant genes with unprecedented precision and speed, leaving first-generation GMOs, along with their stigma and burdensome regulations, in … [Read more...] about The First Gene-Edited Food Is Now Being Served
caption Memphis Meats’ founder and CEO, Uma Valeti, with chef Derek Sarno. source Memphis Meats/Facebok Silicon Valley startups are experimenting with the gene-editing technology Crispr to make lab-grown chicken, pork, and beef. Lab-grown meat, also called cultured or clean meat, is real meat brewed up using animal cells. So far, only prototypes exist. The idea is to move away from environmentally-damaging meat production methods in favor of a method that could be more sustainable and less ethically fraught. Venture capitalists see huge promise in the industry’s potential to disrupt the $200 billion global meat industry. Two emerging technologies with blockbuster biotech potential are the gene-editing tool Crispr and lab-grown or cultured meat. Crispr has been likened to a pair of genetic scissors: it allows researchers to simply and precisely tweak the DNA of any organism, opening up the potential to cure tricky … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley startups are experimenting with gene-editing tool Crispr to help grow chicken, beef, and pork in labs — and to upend a $200 billion industry
Genetic modification is the process of altering the genetic makeup of an organism. This has been done indirectly for thousands of years by controlled, or selective, breeding of plants and animals. Modern biotechnology has made it easier and faster to target a specific gene for more-precise alteration of the organism through genetic engineering. The terms "modified" and "engineered" are often used interchangeably in the context of labeling genetically modified, or "GMO," foods. In the field of biotechnology, GMO stands for genetically modified organism, while in the food industry, the term refers exclusively to food that has been purposefully engineered and not selectively bred organisms. This discrepancy leads to confusion among consumers, and so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prefers the term genetically engineered (GE) for food. A brief history of genetic modification Genetic modification dates back to ancient times, when humans influenced genetics by selectively … [Read more...] about What Is Genetic Modification?
Aria Bendix, provided by Published 3:07 pm PST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 Christopher Furlong/Getty The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that food companies will have until 2022 to label their GMO crops. The decision follows a longtime battle between food companies and consumer groups, who argue that USDA regulations make it possible to mislead the public. Critics are also concerned that companies aren't required to label highly-refined ingredients that come from GMO crops such as cane sugar, corn syrup, and processed vegetable oil. The US Department of Agriculture has finally set a timeline for food companies to disclose their use of genetically engineered ingredients. After years of back-and-forth between manufacturers and consumer groups, the department announced that all US companies must label their GMO crops by 2022. But there's a catch: Companies will not be required to label highly-refined ingredients that come from GMO crops, as long as … [Read more...] about A new rule requires GMO products to be labeled by 2022, and some food companies are rejoicing