Food & Drinks

Do You Know If You’re Eating Real Or Synthetic Shrimp?

The shrimping industry is fraught with human-rights abuses. One startup thinks their plant-based seafood might be the answer.

“Shrimp is the number one consumed seafood in the US […] but the way we’re getting it now isn’t sustainable,”

Barnes told Laura Ling. In fact, 38% of the world’s mangroves have been destroyed in order to create shrimp farms. New Wave Foods doesn’t involved any farming or fishing. Their product looks, smells and tastes like shrimp, but it’s created from plants and algae in a lab and then goes through a proprietary process that gives it the consistency of real shrimp.

A Synthetic Replacement for Shrimp Being Made

New Wave Foods

(YouTube)As public concern grows over how meat production affects our environment, a new food revolution is underway. More and more plant-based meat alternatives are entering the market, and one of them is made by New Wave Foods. New Wave has been working on a shrimp substitute that’s made entirely from plant and algae products. The company was founded by two scientists, Dominique Barnes and Michelle Wolf, who wanted to come up with a more sustainable alternative to shrimp farming.

Shrimp farms across Asia often destroy mangrove forests and wetland ecosystems – a high price to pay for the number one eaten seafood in the U.S. The average American consumes 4 pounds of shrimp per year – adding to a total of 1.3 billion pounds consumed annually. New Wave’s plant-based shrimp looks a lot like the real thing, and even has the texture and taste of shrimp, with similar fat and protein content, but no cholesterol.