A recent study by the Health Research Institute (HRI) has raised red flags about the synthetic milk sold under the brand "Bored Cow" in American grocery stores. This milk alternative, which contains a lab-produced whey protein called "ProFerm," is created by Perfect Day, a biotech company that has received financial backing from Bill Gates.
Using genetically modified "microflora," Perfect Day manufactures this synthetic milk protein for Bored Cow's product line, claiming it as an "animal-free" milk alternative derived from fermentation with real milk protein.
HRI, an independent lab situated in Fairfield, Iowa, undertook comprehensive testing on multiple samples of Bored Cow's milk, employing mass spectrometry to verify the authenticity of the synthetic protein, which has never been previously consumed by humans and lacks U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety evaluations, as stated by HRI's Chief Scientist and CEO, John Fagan, Ph.D. Fagan shared some key findings with The Defender before the full test results are released. Notably, the synthetic milk lacked essential micronutrients found in natural milk, including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and several B vitamins. Additionally, it contained harmful compounds that may pose health risks, raising concerns.
Italy has recently become the first country to ban the sale of synthetically-produced meat, according to the Organic Consumers Association, marking a significant milestone in the regulation of synthetic foods.
Fagan, an esteemed molecular biologist with prior experience in cancer research, emphasized the discovery of 92 uncharacterized molecules within the synthetic milk. These molecules lack scientific investigation, leaving uncertainty regarding their safety or potential hazards, distinguishing this synthetic milk as a "novel food" in regions like Europe and Canada, necessitating safety assessments bedore market release-- a standard not mandated in the U.S.
The analysis also detected the presence of Benthiavalicarb-isopropyl, a fungicide, in the Bored Cow samples, which has sparked additional concerns about its safety for human consumption.
Comparing natural milk from grass-fed cows to synthetic milk, HRI's analysis revealed a significant shortage of 69 essential nutrients in the synthetic option. Notably, vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and vitamin E were either barely detectable or completely missing. Moreover, synthetic milk lacked vital fatty acids, necessary for energy metabolism, in contrast to its natural counterpart.
Detractors, including organizations such as the Non-GMO Project and GMO/Toxin Free USA, have raised concerns about the marketing of products that use genetic engineering methods, which they argue are misleadingly referred to as "precision fermentation." These groups advocate for thorough safety assessments to be conducted before the FDA grants approval.
Despite claims by Perfect Day and affiliated companies that their processes don't involve GMOs, doubts persist regarding the complete removal of GMO DNA during fermentation. The absence of mandatory GMO labeling further complicates consumer awareness.
The safety concerns regarding the synthetic milk's undisclosed compounds and the lack of independent long-term testing echo worries raised by various organizations, underscoring its dissimilarity to naturally occurring cow's milk-- a dietary staple for centuries.
In the wake of these discoveries, it is recommended that consumers be vigilant in their consumption of synthetic dairy products, taking into account the lack of safety assessments conducted on these items. Moreover, discussions continue to surround the vegan and eco-friendly credentials of synthetically engineered foods, casting doubt on their appropriateness and supposed environmental benefits.
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