Lab-grown Palm Oil, CropOne's New Farm, and Plant-based Honey

🌿Vertical Farming Weekly - December 13, 2022

We've all heard of cultivated meat. One of the biggest advantages to growing meat is the reduced carbon emissions, but another side effect is the improved ethics of producing slaughter-less meat based protein products.

One of the most unethically produced food products in the world is palm oil. According to the WWF, 50% of supermarket products contain palm oil. 85% of the world's palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, with both countries having issues with labor law enforcement. In indonesia alone there are over one million children forcefully harvesting palm kernels for the production of palm oil.

Enter: cultivated palm oil. Using a strain of yeast commonly found on the surface of wine grapes, scientists were able to create a fermentation process that creates an extractable oil that is biologically equivalent to palm oil.

Many will argue against the production of anything made in a lab, but the truth of the matter is that if we want to continue living life on Earth, more ethical means of food production need to be put in place, regardless of how "natural" they may be.

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