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Frankenbabies aren’t real. But they’re cute!

The world’s first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby turned 40 this week. While such babies are commonplace today, at the time, warnings about “Frankenbabies” and “artificial babies” abounded. Bruce Friedrich of the Good Food Institute, in a compelling LA Times op-ed this week, asks whether something similar will happen with in vitro meat, aka clean meat.

While we’re awaiting the commercialization of such clean meat, the plant-based revolution rolls on. Three of the coolest new alt-protein start-ups got nice coverage this week, including plant-based chicken nugget-maker Seattle Food Tech, mushroom-based salmon-maker Terramino Foods (which just reeled in more than $4 million), and Wild Earth pet food, which just scored investment from PayPal’s billionaire cofounder Peter Thiel.

Plants were all the rage at the latest Super Bowl of food tech conferences. I was honored to be there, and here’s my review, photos included!

Finally, consumers may want more plant-based foods, but the dairy’s industry crying over spilled milk as a result of what it calls “cow-nterfeits.” Colbert has a typically hysterical take on the cow-ntroversy (start at 11:00).

Have a nice weekend,

P.S. Video of the week: I’m normally against animal fighting, but sometimes make exceptions.

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Paul Shapiro
Author of the Washington Post bestseller Clean Meat: How Growing Meat without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World
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Husband of Toni Okamoto. Author of nat’l bestseller Clean Meat. CEO of The Better Meat Co. Host of Business for Good Podcast. 4x TEDx speaker.

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