Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention, and it’s not hard to see why — creating an ethical, more environmentally friendly version of meat is appealing, especially as the price continues to go down. But it’s not just meat: the entire range of animal products may be getting a rehash soon.
The latest addition to the list is milk, or rather, dairy in its entirety. Several companies have developed their own type of cowless milk but the products haven’t really hit the market. But that may change as now, the food giants are also entering the scene.
Unilever, one of the largest food companies in the world, is reported to be looking at producing dairy ice creams without using milk derived from cows. This would go into Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, one of the company’s brands.
The process involves a type of precision fermentation in which yeast and fungi are used to produce milk proteins that are identical to animal milk molecule for molecule.