Evolve.ag's podcast about what's trending in food and food tech.
Biomilq is making cell-cultured breast milk from dads and moms
What if, in the future, babies could drink breast milk from both of their parents? (No, we're not talking about lactating men.) Research Triangle-based Biomilq applies stem cell technology (commonly used in cellular agriculture) to create custom breast milk from mammalian cells, regardless of gender, age, or even species.
In this episode, we talk with CEO Michelle Egger about this potentially life-changing technology and why infant nutrition is key to raising a healthy baby. We also learn why they want a bioethicist on their team, and the most curious and common question moms have about this product (hint: it's not about nutrition--it's socio-cultural).
Biomilq is still a few years away from market, pending regulatory and consumer hurdles. In the meantime, they are activating meaningful conversations around these topics to help moms make empowered, informed choices about the best way to feed their children. And they're finding ways to ensure their end product is inclusive for moms at all income levels.
While it feels like science fiction to say, soon, parents will be able to get lab-grown breast milk replicated by cells from their own bodies instead of turning to formula.
Space food for earthlings from Mission: Space Food
The very first meal that American astronaut John Glenn ate in space consisted of applesauce and sugar tablets. Luckily, what astronauts eat now has evolved. Companies like Mission: Space Food are designing high-quality, nutrient-dense foods to satiate astronauts' appetites and earthlings' nutritional needs.
In this episode, we spoke with Graham Greene, the Chief Product Officer at Mission: Space Food, who also happened to be a chef and butcher at Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide. We chatted about the constraints of designing food for space, Mission: Space Food's new multisensory product for astronauts and earthlings alike, their philosophy around personalized nutrition, and the future of food in space.
Dope Coffee's mission goes beyond the beans
Dope Coffee is amplifying Black culture through coffee. While their site sells hand-selected, diverse coffees from around the world, coffee-related foods, and skincare products for melanated skin, their overarching platform launches Black creativity out into the world. We talked to Chel, Dope Coffee's Chief Product Officer and co-founder, about how they're holistically approaching coffee while weaving in hip-hop, nutrition, and discussing issues important to the Black community.
The future of food waste lies with flies
How do you turn food waste into a viable protein? At Oberland Agriscience, they are feeding food waste to black soldier flies with voracious appetites. We interviewed Greg, Oberland's founder, and learned how they're creating a nutrient-rich feed ingredient for agriculture and aquaculture (like your favorite sustainable farm-raised fish) that's high in protein and produces zero waste.
After a few years of R&D, they've figured out how to use black soldier flies throughout their entire lifecycle. Even better, the flies in their closed-loop facility are massively reducing (and building awareness around) food waste in Nova Scotia.
We admit, the picture that comes to mind of fly larvae eating their way through a pile of food waste may generate a visceral reaction, but we PROMISE that you'll get over it once you hear how inspiring their mission is.
InnerPlant is using plants as sensors to identify problems before they can be seen
In this episode, we interview the founder of InnerPlant, Shely Aronov. Her new technology builds biosensing capabilities into plants that provide early detection of crop issues with targeted, actionable data and recommendations for farmers.
InnerPlant is creating a valuable technology that can be planted right in the field. Their biosensing plants react to crop stressors and transmit location data, recommendations, and more back to the farmer. This allows farmers to proactively address the issue before it becomes widespread in the field. Because InnerPlant operates on the microbiological level, problems are identified much earlier and more acutely than what would be seen by the naked eye.
Learn what inspired Shely to start InnerPlant, how this technology works, and how it can be applied to many types of agriculture--from finding fungus in soybean farms the size of San Francisco to identifying nutrient deficiencies in regenerative agriculture. We also discuss high tech farming, how the entire food industry is being affected by COVID-19, and what all of this means for the future.
Shiok Meats is bringing cell-based crustaceans to life
In Singaporean or Malaysian slang, "Shiok" means 'fantastic or delicious'. In this podcast, you'll meet Durga from Shiok Meats, a cell-based, clean meat company based out of Singapore. Their mission is to create healthy, clean, delicious food without harming animals.
Similar to cultivating a new plant from a plant cutting, Durga explains how Shiok's technology isolates cells from an animal and then grows them in a nutrient-rich solution. They only produce the meat portion instead of the entire animal--which is extremely helpful for chefs and cooks who hate peeling and deveining crustaceans.
In this episode, you'll learn about their process, their philosophy, the importance of clean meat, why Singapore is an excellent place to start a cell-based protein company, and much more.