San Francisco food tech company, Clara Foods, is in the process of bringing the world’s first “animal-free” egg white to the market. It’s not made of aquafaba or flaxseeds; the company has developed a method of creating lab-cultured egg whites, similar to the process of clean meat. The new product will debut in 2019.
Clara Foods CEO Arturo Elizondo was motivated by the current state of animal agriculture, in particular, the raising of chickens for food. He said that approximately one trillion eggs are consumed each year, which implies obvious global demand. However, the world’s craving for eggs is “incredibly unsustainable,” according to Elizondo. He was also disturbed by the poor conditions within the industry, stating, “There are more chickens in the U.S. than people, each confined to the area of a piece of paper and never seeing daylight.”