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Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines.
Italy has taken a decisive step to safeguard its culinary heritage by banning the production and sale of lab-grown meat, showcasing the commitment of Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government to uphold the nation’s gastronomic traditions. Meanwhile, a breakthrough in gene therapy has emerged with a single infusion of a gene-editing treatment showing promising results in lowering high cholesterol, offering hope for novel approaches to managing cardiovascular health. On a different note, vegan egg and lab-grown meat startup Eat Just is facing significant financial challenges, as insiders reveal the company is being sued for over $100 million, with former employees suggesting that this legal battle may only be the tip of the iceberg for the troubled company.
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Italy banned the production and sale of cultivated meat, a move that signals the determination of Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government in defending the nation’s culinary tradition.
It’s still early days for a novel form of gene therapy called base editing, but this small study in people with extremely high cholesterol shows striking results.
Vegan egg and lab-grown-meat startup Eat Just is being sued for more than $100m. Former employees allege that’s just the start of its problems.
This includes promoting the manufacturing and processing of plant-based, cultivated and fermented proteins, supporting a transition to plant-based farming, as well as opening a Proteins of the Future center.
In the midst of a scientific debate over how to measure climate change, massive agricultural corporations have latched onto a metric that could make them carbon-neutral almost overnight.
Dan Giusti is bringing professional chefs into penitentiaries to help inmates cook for each other. So far, it’s working.
Florida House Republican Ryler Sirois introduced a new bill on Monday, aiming to make it illegal to manufacture, sell, hold or distribute lab-grown meat within the state.
Before the war, most of the produce consumed by Israelis was grown in Israel. The increasing reliance on imports threatens the local farms whose products used to stock supermarket shelves.
Just 10% of what is characterized as the necessary amount of food aid is being delivered into Gaza, and food stocks are rapidly running out.