Clara Foods One Step Closer to Creating Synthetic Egg Whites
Breaking news: In announcement that is good for vegans and non-vegans alike, biotech startup Clara Foods has secured $1.7 billion in funding to develop synthetic egg whites that completely eliminate the need for chickens. Clara Foods plans to develop albumen “egg whites” using a genetically modified yeast, which they have already proven they can do with a successful test batch this summer. Not only does this eliminate the ethical issues of harvesting eggs from chickens, but it reduces the ecological footprint of “eggs” and removes the risks of foodborne illnesses like salmonella.
Clara Foods has already contacted major companies that rely on egg whites to produce their products, such as Barilla, which uses egg whites in its popular pastas. Their strategy, at least at present, is to market directly to food manufacturers rather than to customers, so it might be a while before we see these “egg whites” in a nearby supermarket. However, this is a development that could effect massive changes for the egg industry and reduce society’s reliance on animals that much more.
Original article: http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/09/clara-foods-cooks-up-1-7-million-in-funding-to-make-egg-whites-from-yeast-instead-of-chickens/
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