Food regulators are going to have a job on their hands deciding what exactly makes a product “milk” or what makes a product “cheese”. This is because scientists are now able to create dairy products without the need to use cows or other animals.
This incredible development is down to Ryan Pandya and his company Perfect Day. He is a vegan himself and although he found it easy to give up meat, he struggled when it came to dairy as he found the alternatives to be revolting. However, his company now is able to use technology to produce microorganisms that secrete the proteins from milk to create a reasonable vegan alternative. The company used specialised fermentation tanks to produce the “microflora”. These tanks allow for the microorganisms to remain at the correct PH and temperature to allow them to reproduce quickly.
The two main proteins from milk were required to make the products – whey and casein – as well as DNA from an animal. To get this they accessed a large database that is used to store specific animal DNA, so they didn’t even need to disturb any actual animals.
On their website they say you don’t have to worry about the “downsides of factory farming, lactose, hormones or antibiotics” meaning if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy the taste and texture of your favorite dairy products.
Can I personally say they taste like the real thing? No as I have not tried them, but there is no denying that the efforts being made by Pandya and Perfect Day are incredible. Not only on a technological level but also an ethical level and an environmental level. A report from the company’s website shows that their methods produce between 85%-97% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional methods.
This article is mainly to show off the incredible technology that Perfect Day is using, however, there is no denying that their steps to help the environment and reduce the need for factory farming is also admirable. But I still revert back to the start of the article. Can this be considered “milk” if it does not come from an animal? Maybe this could change the meaning of the word “milk” forever.