Cell-based breast-feeding milk or when startups test what is socially acceptable

As you may know, we consider alternative proteins as one of the most impacting FoodTech trends. You can show here our analysis of the trends in this ecosystem. Until now, dairy was quite apart. Indeed, it seemed that no one was working on cell-based (multiplication of “original” cells) to recreate milk. Of course, startups such as Perfect Day or New Culture are developing lab-grown milk alternatives based on genetically engineered flora, but this technology is quite different from the one used by the likes of Mosameat or AlephFarms (the startup that grew meat in the space station).

This space is no more void, Turtle Tree Labs, a Singapore-based startup just announced that it was working on this cell-multiplication process. As its technology is supposedly “animal-agnostic”, it can both think of putting on the market cow milk and… human breastfeeding milk.

Why it matters?

This technology is quite new and this startup even newer, so without having seen the final product, it remains hard to see what its potential is. However, while cell-based meat (or milk) was already making us wondering what food is and what is acceptable, this idea of reproducing human milk to feed babies is quite a new challenge for our minds. All of this leads to one question: “what is food and how much the consumers will be ready to accept?”

Mapping cell based

DigitalFoodLab cell-based startups (in red using cultured cells and in blue using bioengineered flora) mapping

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