Vegan Lab Cheese?

As Joel Salatin likes to say, “Folks, this ain’t normal.”

In California, a group of biohackers at the Counter Culture Labs in Oakland and BioCurious in Sunnyvale are developing “Real Vegan Cheese,” which will use genetically-altered yeast to create the first vegan cheese protein.

By taking synthesized yeast milk protein DNA and putting it into baker’s yeast cells, the yeast will begin to produce milk protein, according to the team. When the protein is mixed with water, vegan sugar and oil, it becomes a suitable milk substitute that can be turned into a semi-hard, vegan and lactose-free cheese. Since the product is made with a milk protein, it will have a similar taste and texture to traditional cheese, but with the same ethical peace-of-mind of vegan cheeses, according to Counter Culture Labs member Ahnon Milham.

See HERE for more on this “peace-of-mind” frankenfood.

13 comments on “Vegan Lab Cheese?

  1. Martha Caldwell-Young says:

    While my lifestyle isn’t 100% vegan, but my food is. Easiest way for me to handle cheese? Just don’t eat. There truly is life after cheese. 🙂


  2. nebraskadave says:

    Yea, I feel better already. One step closer to the Star Trek food synthesizer. “Earl Grey tea, hot.” Whirr, snap, buzz and there it is. Captain Picard’s favorite drink. Don’t laugh scientists are working on food products with 3D printers. Scary huh.

    Have a great Vegan lab cheese chunk day. 😦


  3. ain't for city gals says:

    This is one of my biggest fears but I will probably never see it. That there will be no more real food..that people will just take a pill three times a day. That no ne will know how to cook anymore.


  4. EllaDee says:

    Technically derived from milk, it’s not vegan… and personally, it doesn’t even sound like Food.
    How one derives ‘peace of mind’ from frankenfoods beats me.
    At one stage my sister adhered to vegan food practices, and as she was living with us, that’s what we ate too, and still do at times. Food comprised of veges and grains, ethical yes but – no scientific glory…


    • Bill says:

      I appreciate and respect the vegan ethic. But this is just more industrial food–and a particularly weird and unnatural type at that. It seems to me to just be substituting one undesirable way of eating for another.


  5. valbjerke says:

    I’ve never really figured out why some vegans and vegetarians work so hard at figuring out how to cook or make things that taste like they’re not vegan or vegetarian.
    Oxymoron? If I were to become a vegan/vegetarian I can’t imagine why I would want to chow down on something that tasted like a hamburger – but wasn’t – or cheese that wasn’t cheese.


    • Bill says:

      I agree with you on that. My guess is that this is only an issue with meat/cheese eaters who convert to vegan/vegetarian diets. I’m guessing that they’ve developed a desire for those foods over the years and these kind of fake meats and cheeses satisfy that. My guess is that people who have always been vegans or vegetarians don’t have those kind of food cravings.


      • valbjerke says:

        That’s a good point. If you’re raised on the sugar/salt/fat combo of today’s ‘diet’ and make the change to be meat/animal product free – you’re system is likely going to be craving something for sure.
        My biggest issue with food before I started farming again, was the incredible lack of flavor in store bought food. Vegetables taste nothing like what we grow in our garden, pork tasted nothing like what we raise, factory raised chicken is bland and rubbery, eggs have an odd smell when cooking……
        I can see why people are making choices to eliminate meat/animal products – but I dare say if they ate a meal at my table, they might change their minds.


  6. Aruna says:

    That is just so wrong. If it is produced in a lab, can it even be called food? In 200 years, it will be linked to various medical conditions/diseases and people of that time will be wondering who on earth thought that was a good idea.


    • Bill says:

      You’re probably right. Hopefully it won’t take 200 years for people to figure it out. Nature provides us with wonderful delicious and nourishing food. But for some people it just isn’t good enough I suppose.


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