“To meet future demand for protein and ensure food systems are inclusive and efficient we must invest in an alternative plant-based protein. Current food production methods and consumption patterns endanger the health of the public and of the planet.” – The World Economic Forum
IMAGINDAIRY is an Israel-based start-up that creates animal-free dairy proteins. The company is headed by Dr. Arie Abo, Ph.D., a specialist in protein biochemistry, and Tamir Tullen, Ph.D., a professor at Tel Aviv University.
The company aims to create true milk proteins that are indistinguishable from the real thing via a natural process of precision fermentation. This method is often used in making craft beer. It involves brewing single-celled organisms or microbes in a liquid environment to get a protein source that could replicate the texture and taste of meat. Casein and whey are some of the most important nutrients that we get from dairy products. The company uses its proprietary technology to make natural, identical, and animal-free versions of these proteins. These proteins open up new opportunities to develop a full range of non-dairy products that mimic dairy versions but contain no cholesterol or Genetically Modified organisms (GMO).
The Israel-based start-up is led by a team of highly professional individuals who have their expertise in the field of microbiology, computational systems, and biotechnology along with the support of Israel-based The Kitchen FoodTech hub. The company kick-started its business during the pandemic era and has already raised US$1.5 million in seed funding, led by The Kitchen FoodTech hub, with contributions from Israeli Innovative Authority, CPT Capital, New Crop Capital, and Entrée Capital.
But why do we need to go dairy-free?
Amid a growing call to take action against the environmental burdens and animal welfare issues surrounding animal-based food, going dairy-free is a good option.
For environmentally-conscious people; this idea proves to be very appealing as it reduces the impact on the environment and promotes positive health.
Several important health reasons to consider going on a dairy-free diet
Antibiotics are given to most dairy cows in mass quantities to help prevent infection. These antibiotics are ending up in conventional dairy products, meaning that we end up being exposed to those antibiotics as well. For example, a synthetic growth hormone called rBGH is given to dairy cows to enhance milk production. This increases the level of IGF-1 in the milk supply. Higher levels of IGF-1 in humans can increase the chances of cancer.
Raises insulin level in the body.
Dairy products are estrogenic and increase the risk of cancers in females.
Dairy can cause digestive upset.
Can cause increased inflammation
Dairy causes other medical issues such as arthritis symptoms, rashes, acne, migraines, narcolepsy, and/or unexplained inflammation.
Creating a sustainable global food system is the need of the hour, and we must change the way food is produced.
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