Lab-Made Milk: A Green Alternative

November 3, 2021

Today society is concerned, and with reasons, about how we treat our farm animals. Animal products such as eggs, meat or milk are the subject of intense debate and questioning. There are even those who decide to stop consuming them for ethical reasons.

But the nutritional contributions that some foods have are difficult to substitute. This occurs with milk, a food for which there is still no single substitute and that fully complies with the same nutritional profile. But what if we could create synthetic milk without the need for dairy cows?

First it was the first hamburger made by man. Now a couple of young Silicon Valley bioengineers want to make artificial milk from genetically engineered yeast.

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Laboratory Milk

According to Perumal Gandhi, one of the founders of Muufri, the new artificial dairy production company, the yeast culture will produce authentic milk proteins that will preserve the flavor and nutritional benefits of cow’s milk.

Their dairy-free milk began in 2014, when Muufri founders Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi received a great deal of interest in dairy-free products. In 2016 they changed their name to Perfect Day and began working on their laboratory fermentation process.

After refining the process and making sure it was safe, they submitted their milk to the FDA for approval, who deemed products generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

Benefits of Lab Milk

By bringing their cultured milk to market, Perfect Day (Muufri brand) now has a variety of products that are just as good as the original. These include lab-grown ice cream and yogurts, which they sell to various stores in the US in hopes of combating the environmental and welfare problems associated with large-scale dairy farms.

Muufri’s product will contain only essential proteins, fats, sugars and minerals. The idea is to insert DNA sequences from the cows into yeast cells, grow them at controlled temperatures, and extract the proteins a few days later. According to Gandhi, the process is completely safe, just like the one used to make insulin and other drugs.

Laboratory Milk in the Market

However, there are other companies that are beginning to compete with Perfect Day. TurtleTree Labs believes their “lab milk” is a definitive, eco-friendly, winning product, they call it “real milk.” He explains that it differs from other alternatives such as the one offered by Perfect Day, which uses modified yeast to produce proteins and other nutrients present.

Another company that works in a similar line to Perfect Day is the New Zealand company New Culture. But it focuses on producing Cheese without using this type of milk.

Like everything, at first this milk will cost more than normal, although the members of Muufri intend to reduce the cost in a few years, as their market increases.

It is something normal and that will be helped by things such as the improvement of techniques in biological engineering and purification of the process. If all went well, we would find a product that is not only ethical and good in itself, but also helps to greatly reduce the carbon footprint left by the processing, transport and maintenance of milk today. One more reason to hope for a synthetic milk without cows.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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