A California company has plans to release pet food products made with artificial meat – “cultured protein”. Would you consider giving your pet an artificial meat pet food or treat?
Wild Earth has plans to release into the pet food market pet treats made with “lab-created proteins”. An article posted on Bloomberg.com states: “Wild Earth hopes to be the first pet food brand based on cellular agriculture. The initial product Wild Earth plans to sell from its direct-to-consumer website is a koji-based dog treat.”
Co-founder Ryan Bethencourt “compares his company’s production of “clean” protein to that of sake—imagine giant fermentation tanks—right down to using the same ingredient to fuel its protein growth. Koji, a fungus, is the Japanese version of baker’s yeast. It grows rapidly inside tanks, along with sugar and nutrients, at the right balmy temperature. The result is a plant-based protein with a close match to eggs or animal-based meat. Because koji is widely consumed by humans, it already has a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) designation. Wild Earth’s supply chain is simple—it uses only a handful of ingredients—and easily traceable.”
The Wild Earth website states “Wild Earth is challenging the status quo with cultured protein that’s safe and sustainable. We developed a novel way to deliver high protein, comparable to other animal derived protein sources, and in many cases even superior. We are creating the next generation of pet food to perfectly match your pets’ nutritional needs, and that is better for all animals, people, and the planet.“
Wild Earth has not done all of their pet food homework however. Just because “koji is widely consumed by humans, it already has a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) designation” does not give a koji based dog treat GRAS status in pet food. Koji cultured protein might be approved for human food, but it has to go through a different regulatory process to be approved for pet food.
So…what do you think? Would you give your pet a food or treat made from lab-created proteins?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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