‘Enhancing’ fake meat production.
GM FRUIT FLIES
Do fruit flies hold the answer to making lab-grown meat cost competitive with the industrial meat industry?
I personally wouldn’t ask this question, but many scientists now are.
Especially the founders of the company, Future Fields.
The company is part of a growing group looking to drive down the price of making meat in a lab — and their secret is the fly.
The company has presented a patent application for genetically modified fruit flies — which have been engineered to make a key component necessary for growing animal cells at scales to rival industrial meat production.
Yes, as if the concept of lab-grown synthetic meat wasn’t bad enough.
They now want to allow GM fruit flies the pleasure of ‘developing’ the cells needed for this growth.
Here’s how they say it works:
“We insert the gene for the growth factor into their genome. That gene for the growth factor is then in their genome and they’re expressing it like they would any other endogenous gene in their body,” says University of Alberta cell biology PhD candidate, Matt Anderson-Baron of his GM flies.
“It’s analogous to what they do with yeast cells to produce the protein.”
Until recently, the startup kept a lot of its work under wraps as it plotted out its intellectual property strategy. But with the publication of its first patent application in May, the company has been able to share a more detailed picture of its tech.
Future Fields recently unveiled what it has dubbed the ‘EntoEngine.’
It’s a biotech platform using fruit flies to produce ‘custom growth factors’.
That is, substances containing ‘signalling’ molecules that cause cells to multiply and differentiate — which have the potential to be far more cost-effective and scalable than options like FBS or yeast.
“Fruit flies are one of the most well-studied organisms on the planet. They’ve been used in experiments for over a century, and we know more about the fruit fly genome than we do the human,” says Anderson-Baron.
“So we already have a whole bunch of genetic tools we can use to produce growth factor.”
The way the EntoEngine works is by genetically modifying Drosophila at the embryo stage so that, when it reaches adulthood, it secretes the growth factor of interest from its cells.
He says using the flies cuts costs by around 1000x compared to traditional methods of making growth factor, and there’s virtually no cost to feeding the flies.
The insect’s body effectively becomes a “standalone biofactory,” Anderson-Baron notes.
Someone wake me up from this weird and bizarre dream.
The world is entering a realm that is very new to us, especially in the Western world.
We will all be brought down to third-world standards to ‘solve inequality’, while those that steer the ship will — in reality — find themselves with all of the resources and control. ‘While we have nothing.
‘You will own nothing and be happy’ is not just a slogan.
But even so, none of this is new. In fact, it has been in the works for a very long time.
The idea of cultivating meat from cells, in particular, isn’t a new one.
Famously, Winston Churchill penned an article for publications including Popular Mechanics and MacLeans entitled ‘Fifty Years Hence‘, which talked about where chicken meat would come from by the year 1981.
The soon-to-be Prime Minister wrote:
“We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium. Synthetic food will, of course, also be used in the future.”
Even George Orwell detailed fake meat production in his dystopian classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Many thought these concepts would remain in the realms of the imagination, but instead, they are now manifesting before us.
We are told that in many parts of the world, insects are commonly food.
That we must give up our lifestyles in favour of this new form of production to ‘save the planet’.
New companies have cropped up everywhere — and raised nearly a billion dollars among them to replace milk and meat with lab-grown or fermented replacements, according to data from the Good Food Institute.
These are businesses like Upside Foods, Aleph Farms, Future Meat Technologies, Good Meat and dozens more.
They are all aiming to bring pork, beef, chicken, tuna, salmon and other choice cuts of meat, from the lab to supermarket.
The ironically-named Matrix Meats is one group creating the biostructures that cells can grow on to create cuts of meat like steaks or chicken breasts, instead of some sort of pre-formed patty.
The Ohio-based company intends to work with businesses like Future Fields.
Given that these processes rely on breeding, farming and processing fruit flies, it isn’t strictly ‘vegan,’ per se.
How will the woke crowd react to the moral dimension of a species being harvested to make fake meat?
All of food, all of nature. That is their target. New start-of-the-art gene-editing techniques and ‘smart seeds’ for ‘smart plants’ are helping ensure this transition to the completely synthetic is completed by 2030.
It has never been a more crucial time to become food independent and break free of massive corporate chains.
We will have an investigation shortly into Australian government moves to shift to this new ‘sustainable’ system.
Stay tuned for more.
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