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Biotech For Pups: Cultured, Lab-Grown Proteins For Pet Food Is Coming

Published on March 15, 2018 by   ·   1 Comment Pin It
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Biotech startup Wild Earth launched today to develop cultured (aka laboratory-grown) proteins for the $30 billion pet food market — engineering plant-based and animal-based pet foods that are healthier, better for the environment, and more humane.  Wild Earth is developing koji-based protein, followed by cultured meat derived humanely from animal cells. All products and ingredients are sourced, formulated, and made in the United States. Wild Earth is built by pioneers in cellular agriculture led by chief science officer Ron Shigeta, PhD, an experienced business team led by chief executive officer Ryan Bethencourt of biotech accelerator IndieBio, and Dr. Ernie Ward, known as “America’s Pet Advocate.”

Lab Grown Dog Food - In Action!

Lab Grown Dog Food – In Action!

Much like biotech companies creating cultured meats for human consumption, Wild Earth will produce pet foods that are simply superior in every way. The company’s first cultured protein product is made from human-grade Koji, a fungi already enjoyed by billions of people around the world that is eco-friendly and renewably sourced. Wild Earth can create a range of proteins and carbohydrates, with varied textures and flavors. All products and ingredients are sourced, formulated, and made in the U.S. and the company is headquartered in Berkeley, California.

“Wild Earth will be the first to bring cultured protein and cultured meat products for dogs and cats to market, that are nutritious, humane, and without the devastating ecological impact of factory farming,” said Wild Earth CEO Ryan Bethencourt. “Using biotechnology gives us the ability to scale and to get a product to market safely, quickly and affordably.”

Wild Earth is committed to providing the safest pet foods available. Recent recalls have raised concerns over contaminated trusted pet food brands. By using cultured proteins, Wild Earth will avoid risks associated with traditional animal-based proteins.

Biotech For Pups: Cultured, Lab-Grown Proteins For Pet Food Is Coming

Biotech For Pups: Cultured, Lab-Grown Proteins For Pet Food Is Coming

An estimated 25-30 percent of meat’s environmental impact in the U.S. is attributed to pet food, but Wild Earth can produce at scale at a fraction of the environmental cost.

“Wild Earth has found a novel way to deliver protein and will have a great nutritional profile, to meet the same requirements as meat-based pet foods,” said Wild Earth chief veterinary officer Dr. Ernie Ward. “Pet lovers want healthy, humane, and environmentally friendly choices, and Wild Earth formulas will deliver nutrition without affecting the planet.”

Wild Earth products will be tested via a protocol approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and PETA, conducted by volunteers and animals living in homes, as opposed to caged laboratory animals as in conventional pet foods. These humane, non-invasive, cage-free clinical trials test for qualities such as palatability, preference, digestibility studies, and stool quality. In addition to approvals by PETA and AAFCO, this type of trial is gaining favor in the scientific community because it delivers real-world results.

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  1. Lorna Paisley says:

    These foods that are cultured in a petri dish have not been studied. The impossible burger has 46 proteins in it and no one knows what it will do to the health of the eater. Proteins cause allergies so beware.
    These foods are genetically modified.




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