As more people are turning aware of the disastrous impacts caused by the dairy and milk industry, one company has invented a genius way to produce 100% real animal milk without a dairy farm.
As the conversation of the environment keeps including more individuals and views on methods which will help in saving the planet. Apart from the CO2 emissions from vehicles, fossil fuels and seeping out of dangerous gases like CFCs and Carbon Monoxides from appliances like ACs and Refrigerators, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry take of the same of the blame too.
Cattle farming for products like meat, animal products like dairy and leather have a significant impact on the environment.
How significant is the impact of the dairy industry on the environment and global warming.
The current dairy industry is very damaging to the environment. As heartbreaking as it sounds, it’s very real. The dairy industry single-handedly contributes 4 per cent of the total Carbon Greenhouse gases emissions. If 4% seems tiny then in numbers it’s approximately Two Billion tonnes of CO2 annually!
India is the world’s largest dairy producers (both cows and buffaloes) at 304 million animals and 155 million tonnes of milk produced in 2015-2016.
At least 37 per cent of global Methane emissions are let out from Cattles. How? You may ask? Well, Bovines or Ruminants have a good amount of Methanogens, which are microbes capable of breaking down complex plant material during digestion and release Methane as a by-product. One single ruminant releases 250-500 litres of methane daily. Imagine the amount of methane from one Ruminant in a year?
Methane produces biogas, which is a good alternative to fossil fuels right? Sadly, it isn’t. Methane, as timid as it sounds is a very dangerous gas, which traps global radiation 25 times better than CO2.
Milch animals additionally need a lot of space and water to grow and thrive well, which is environmentally not sustainable.
So being Vegan seems like a rational solution right? It is in a was and Vegans have a significantly lesser carbon footprint than vegetarians and non-vegetarians and heavy meat-eaters. But due to several economic, geographic and social barriers, it isn’t possible for the whole world to turn vegan within a day.
Despite many efforts taken by plant-based to explain their ethical policies industries to the world, the impact was only made on a tiny amount of global citizens who were mostly affluent people.
Veganism is an expensive diet choice which many can’t afford. To put it into perspective, A litre of Almond Milk is priced around 250-500 Rs while Cow milk is around 30-55 Rs, which will be more economically efficient for the middle class i.e. the most dominant economic household on the planet?
690 million people are terminally malnourished. According to the World Food Programme, more than 821 million i.e. 1 in 9 people are hungry. With global hunger expected to rise exponentially after the pandemic, many humans, governments and corporations have a red pill-blue pill situation, to opt for dairy or not?
Subsidising the plant milk industry just like dairy industry has been subsidised, would certainly bring down the price of dairy alternatives to an affordable amount, Unfortunately, the journey to save the environment isn’t so easy.
This Startup has found a genius invention to save the environment, animals and produce the purest form of animal milk.
However, hope is rising in every tiny corner of the Planet. A company called Turtle Tree Labs has pledged to find an environmentally friendly alternative to extract animal milk without damaging the environment and the milch animals.
According to the Max Rye, the Chief Strategist for the Singapore Start-up on the environmental crisis caused by Dairy farming: “This can’t go on, especially if we are looking to feed another billion people on this planet. We need to come up with new technologies that can give us the same products that we enjoy – milk, cheese, cream and butter – but that are less polluting. That is our goal at TurtleTree Labs.”
TurtleTree Labs is the first and only company in the world to create 100% real animal milk just from their mammary stem cells!
How is that even possible?! When Milch animals produce milk, a tiny amount of their mammary stem cells are present in the milk too. This ensures a pain-free and ethical extraction of stem cells without causing any discomfort to the animal. The cells are then loaded onto a lactation medium which is nearly identical to the nutrients found in milch animals.
The stem cells readily stick to tiny straw-like structures, through which the lactation media is supplied and Voila! From the other side of the straw flow out 100% real animal raw milk. Thousands of these straw-like structures are added into massive tanks known as bioreactors where huge amounts of milk are constantly and immediately produced.
Because it is a food product, several regulatory and health tests need to be conducted to ensure the safety of this milk. Hence, the company expects at least a period of 18-24 months before their products hit the local markets.
Rye further adds: “It is exciting to think that these bioreactors could be dropped anywhere in the world where there was a crisis or need for milk and start producing right away. We are also excited to see what we can make from our lab-produced milk. So far we have had success with cells from cows, goats, sheep and camels, which means the possibilities are huge.”
Rye further believes that even more value will come when the start-up begins to manufacture products like cheeses and different kinds of butter from the milk produced.
He further adds: “We have already seen other companies do something very similar with meat. And consumers are increasingly pushing for cruelty-free products, they are more conscious of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. By extracting milk from cells in our lab, we can get real milk without having to harm the planet and harm the animals, so this is the future.”
While humans are increasingly turning aware of their carbon footprints and are striving to reduce it by making smarter choices, several corporations are being forced to abandon their traditional, unsustainable producing habits and switch to environmentally friendly and ethical options, Researchers have taken it upon themselves to help the world in a better way with genius and comfortable innovations.