US President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order entitled, “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy.” In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the new executive order, which prioritizes research and innovation in a variety of fields, including food. While biotech in general is often associated with energy, medicine and pharmaceuticals, it plays a significant role in the food and beverage industry. She discusses the regulation, safety and controversy behind genetically modified organisms (GMO) as well as precision fermentation to create animal protein without the animals. The team talk about how anti-GMO groups are doing a disservice to consumers and wonder whether biomanufacturing is the key to sustainably feeding future generations.
Also, in this episode, Sydney talks about cultivated meat company Steakholder Foods, whose 3D bioprinting capabilities allow it to print steaks, among other meats. To create the true taste, texture and mouthfeel of traditional steak, the company uses a special process that combines cell cultivation with 3D bioprinting, which can produce structured meat with any muscle-to-fat ratio at an industrial scale. Steakholder’s other offerings include cultured pork, chicken, fish and seafood. As the only cultivated meat company that is publicly traded on the Nasdaq market, the Israeli food tech company is hoping its 3D-printed cultivated meats will allow it to stand out among the 107 other companies in the space. The team are curious to know what bio-printed cultivated meat tastes like and wonder when these types of products will finally hit the market.
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