"Perfect Day" Makes Animal-Free Milk From Yeast
New company Perfect Day claims to have found a way to produce a vegan milk alternative that contains milk proteins, but no involvement from cows. The Berkeley-based startup uses a yeast sourced from the USDA as the base for its recipe, which is then manipulated to create casein through fermentation.
If the idea of recreating milk proteins under the label of “vegan” is confusing, you are not alone. Yet, the creators ensure an ethically sound process and animal-free product, free from lactose and cholesterol.
Here’s how it works: The USDA-obtained yeast is given a “blueprint” to create milk proteins, which is then nurtured in the fermentation process. A mixture of plant-based fats, minerals, and sugars mean a healther beverage and the lab-grown casein means the milk can be transformed into the same cow-sourced products found in grocery stores, without the suffering. Their website says, in regards to the yeast processing:
“This is the very same blueprint, in the form of DNA, that cows use every day. Our yeast, which we lovingly call Buttercup, is now a milk protein-making machine that’s 100% food-safe.”
Perfect Day takes pride in greatly reducing the environmental impact of conventional dairy farming. However, they also say they “wholeheartedly support the countless dairy farmers across the globe who use sustainable farming practices and genuinely care for their animals,” which will not resonate with every ethical vegan.
Would you support Perfect Day in their mission?
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