ISRAEL - Milk Made Without Cows

Arno Froese

What looks like milk, tastes like milk, but doesn’t come out of a cow? These three Israeli start-ups know: Alternative milk sources, cutting the cow out of the process. 

[Recently, there was] the inaugural occurrence of Israel’s first global climate-tech conference, in the form of PLANETech World 2022. The event, hosted at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Center, drew in one and a half thousand attendees, investors and community members from the burgeoning climate-tech industry. 

Remilk and Imagindairy both utilize precision fermentation in their approach to milk recreation: a process of using “trained” yeast, bacteria and fungi to produce proteins that are identical to those found in standard cow milk. The combination of those proteins and each company’s secret recipe results in a protein-rich liquid that is, for most intents and purposes, indistinguishable from milk. 

The last booth I visited belonged to Wilk, which uses a different production technique than its show-floor neighbors: a process of cell extraction and replication to create a milk alternative that contains a one-to-one reproduction of the components found in milk from any mammal, including humans—something which sets them apart from anyone else in the space, according to Wilk’s CMO Rachelle Neumann. 

“We don’t want to compete with dairy companies, nor do we want them to disappear. That’s not going to happen,” Neumann said. “What we think is that we definitely need to work together, start-ups and the industry in general, to bring something to the world that’s much better, and much more sustainable.”, 25 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

International environmentalism is the lubricant behind these new inventions. The Journal of Dairy Science states, “Dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change,” adding, “Poor handling of manure and fertilizers can degrade local water resources,” and, “Unsustainable dairy farming and feed production can lead to the loss of ecologically important areas such as prairies, wetlands, and forest.” 

This, incidentally, opens the door for practicing Jews who strictly separate meat from dairy products, based on Exodus 23:19 & 34:26, and repeated in Deuteronomy 14:21b with the words, “Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk” (NIV).  

It is of interest that before the law was proclaimed by Moses and later interpreted by innumerable Jewish Bible scholars, the Lord did eat meat and dairy products. We read in Genesis 18:1a, “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre.” Abraham knew that this was a visit by divinity—a heavenly visitation. Verse 8 reports: “And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.” These heavenly, divine entities consumed dairy with meat products.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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