The genetically engineered food experiment has taken many twists and turns in recent years, with the United States’ main food crops like corn, soybeans, sugar beets, canola and others most affected.
The first generation of GMOs consisted mostly of “Roundup Ready” GMO crops, but new technologies including CRISPR (gene editing), and, more recently, synthetic biology, are turning even more food products into science projects.
One of the most dramatic of these recent food experiments involved one of the country’s biggest staple foods: milk, of which one California company recently made a synthetic version of using 3D printed milk proteins and GMO yeast that is expected to hit store shelves sometime in the next two years.
Now, the same company behind this new type of synthetic milk is releasing its first ever ice cream product direct to the consumer, and as usual this newly made GMO creation disguised as real, natural food will not be labeled as such.
“Perfect Day” Synthetic GMO Ice Cream Hits Store Shelves
As noted in this article from Fortune magazine, synthetic GMO ice cream from the company Perfect Day has been made available for the first time, despite the lack of long-term safety testing on the novel lab-made food creation.
“Buyer beware: GMO fake ice cream is here,” the GMO Free USA non-profit organization said in a Facebook post.
“Called Perfect Day, the fake ice cream was created in a lab using an extreme form of genetic engineering called synthetic biology, but there will be no GMO label required.
“Patented laboratory created proteins that mimic cow’s milk proteins are the basis for this product, which is being brought to market with no safety testing. Without long term safety testing, there is no way to know the potential adverse impacts on health over time.”
“There are already concerns about allergenicity,” the post continued.
The Perfect Day company said on its website that its first batch of 1,000 containers of the synthetic GMO ice cream sold out at $20.00 per pint, and invited readers to sign up to its newsletter to stay up-to-date on future events.
New Synthetic Ice Cream Made from GMO Yeast
The Fortune interview detailed the process the Biotech company uses to make the new GMO ice cream, and it is highly complicated, similar to recent advancements in the world of lab grown meat, which is also often created with fermented GMO yeast grown in huge vats.
“To make their dairy proteins, the co-founders took the essential DNA of milk and inserted it into micoflora—yeast, fungi, or bacteria depending on the type of dairy they’re trying to produce.” the Fortune article states.
“The microflora use fermentation to turn sugar into milk proteins that are identical to those from a cow. The company then combines the proteins with plant-based fats and nutrients to get a dairy product that’s both vegan and lactose free.”
The technology is simply being called “fermentation” by the industry according to GMO Free USA, further adding to the confusion and conflating it with healthy foods like sauerkraut.
“The intent is to trick and mislead consumers into thinking it is the same process used to create sauerkraut. UNETHICAL at best,” GMO Free USA wrote.
The question posed by GMO Free USA, however, is what’s wrong with traditional organic ice cream or plant-based ice creams like sorbets made using non-GMO ingredients?
“We have to ask… why on earth would anyone want to eat something created in a laboratory with genetic engineering when there are already plenty of safe alternatives to cow’s milk ice cream on the market,” the organization wrote.
“Choose coconut based, almond based other other dairy-free options rather than an unlabeled frankenfood that hasn’t been safety tested. Common sense? If you really want to have a perfect day, eat real food and avoid GMOs.”