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Not Just Fake Meat but Fake Ice Cream

Swapping traditional, whole foods grown by small farmers for mass-produced fake foods grown in a laboratory is part and parcel of the Great Reset. The EAT Forum, co-founded by the Wellcome Trust, developed a Planetary Health Diet that’s designed to be applied to the global population and entails cutting meat and dairy intake by up to 90%, replacing it largely with foods made in laboratories, along with cereals and oil.1

Sadly, this is not what your body needs to thrive, but it’s being pushed as a healthy, green and sustainable alternative to animal foods. The fake meat industry is already well-established. Consulting firm Kearney forecast that animal protein will peak in 2025, while plant-based meat will continue to grow, reaching $450 billion by 2040, at which point it would represent up to 25% of the meat market — a $1.8 trillion industry.2

Many tech big-wigs are invested in fake meat products, which they plan to peddle to feed the masses. However, the fake food market is expanding, and it’s not only plant-based meat that’s being pushed as the future of food but also animal-free dairy, including ice cream.

‘Real Milk Proteins’ Made From GE Fungi

Perfect Day, a company that’s using genetically engineered (GE) Trichoderma reesei fungus to produce synthetic versions of the dairy proteins casein and whey,3 was founded in 2014 by two vegan bioengineers looking for a better-tasting, animal-free milk.4 The company states it’s producing “real milk proteins — identical to what cows produce,”5 but even though it may be molecularly identical, it’s far from the same.

Popular Science named Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein as one of the 100 greatest innovations of 2020, stating:6

“[T]he next generation of lab-grown animal products isn’t meat — it’s dairy. To achieve their synthesized milk, Perfect Day inserted a bit of cow DNA into Trichoderma reesei fungus. When fed sugar, the engineered microbes churn out the dairy proteins, casein and whey.

Combine those with water, plant-based fats, vitamins, and minerals, and you get dairy products — without having a cow. Smitten Ice Cream and Brave Robot have turned the proteins into delicious vegan, dairy-based ice cream, but Perfect Day is hoping to expand into a whole range of creamy products.”

Fake Food Made in a Setting ‘Isolated From the Outside World’

The process to make lab-grown, animal-free milk proteins is far from natural, but Perfect Day is trying to get around that, describing their process as involving “nature’s code,” which is another way of describing the DNA that they are manipulating:7

“All proteins in nature are encoded by specific sequences of DNA called genes. Amazingly, every living creature on Earth can understand the same genetic code. So to create an animal-free version of milk proteins, we simply had to introduce these animal genes to an organism other than a cow.

The actual cow genes are possible to obtain non-invasively, from hairs or even a cheek swab. For us, it was even easier; these genes are already catalogued in free scientific databases.”

They use GE fungi microflora, which they go so far as to say “grazes” on plant-based inputs, hoping your mind’s eye will revert to a cow grazing in a field, rather than the “large tanks” in which their GE fungi are actually grown. It’s quite telling that, while the healthiest dairy products come from grass fed cows that are integrated into their surrounding environment, Perfect Day’s fake milk proteins can only be produced in a system that’s “isolated from the outside world”:8

“By following a strict cleaning regimen for our tanks and ensuring they’re a closed system isolated from the outside world, we can ensure we’re making the purest, safest milk proteins in the world.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already given the GE proteins GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status, as it also did with Impossible Foods’ soy leghemoglobin, even though it’s unknown what the long-term consequences of consuming this novel fake food will be.