Moooove over, ice cream w/o the cow
Sept 2019—You’ve probably heard of Impossible Burger that makes a vegan, bleeding patty. Now there’s a line of vegan, lactose-free ice cream made with milk proteins that aren’t from an animal. This opens up the possibility of decent tasting vegan cheese.
To do so, they print a cow’s DNA sequence as a blueprint that is inserted into yeast-based microflora—tiny living organisms used to make everyday items such as vitamins and probiotics. The flora then takes the place of a cow and undergoes an acellular (without animal cells) fermentation process producing an abundance of milk proteins. The end result is a tasteless base that can be used to make a number of animal-free products that are so close to traditional dairy that Perfect Day is legally required to include a statement that reads “contains milk protein” on its labels to address allergen and regulatory concerns.