Germany: fish from the laboratory

Germany: The Lübeck start-up Bluu Biosciences is working on making fish from the laboratory ready for the market 👏
A sustainable alternative because natural stocks can be conserved in this way.

Overfishing threatens the seas – this warning from scientists and environmentalists around the world is not new. But one possible solution to this problem: fish farming without killing fish.

This is exactly what the Lübeck start-up Bluu Biosciences is committed to. The young company wants to use cell cultures to produce sustainable fish.

Bluu Biosciences is the first company in Europe to specialize in the development and manufacture of cell-based fish.
“We isolate fish cells from a small biopsy. The fish we use doesn’t even have to die for this,” explains Sebastian Rakers, co-founder of the company.

“We take a small piece of muscle and can use it to isolate what are known as stem cells.”
For example, stem cells take over repairs in the organism and keep producing new cells. Bluu Biosciences stimulates the stem cells to grow in a bioreactor.

In a sense, this creates a piece of fish fillet. Experiments with the meat of salmon, trout or carp have already worked in Lübeck.

Food production should become more sustainable

Sebastian Rakers declared goal is to change today’s food production: “We want to bring in a lot more sustainability and produce in cycles. We see a clear advantage in our technology. We no longer have to kill animals to produce food, and we don’t have any direct environmental pollution more. “

The Lübeck researchers want to create a food prototype by the end of next year at the latest. The first fish fingers from the laboratory could hit the market in 2025.

Feeding the world population needs new strategies

Sebastian Rakers does not expect a taste difference to real fish. After all, the fish grown in the laboratory is still an animal product.

A product that is obtained without endangering animal welfare.

For Sebastian Rakers this is trend-setting: “We see this as an important alternative to fishing.

Nowadays, 60 percent of commercially used fish stocks are fished to the maximum.

A higher yield is not possible here – and 30 percent are already overfished. That means, with growing world population we think about how we want to feed these many people on earth in the future. “

Vegan nutrition is considered to be particularly climate-friendly

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the demand for fish is increasing worldwide. This also increases the problem of ocean overfishing. The Lübeck start-up led by Sebastian Rackers could help limit the problem:

“We will not be able to solve this alone, the challenges are too complex for that. I think that must be counteracted in many areas. Our contribution is certainly an important step towards this, but it will not get the problem under control on its own.”

For a more climate-friendly diet, vegan fish substitutes made from tofu or seitan are an alternative instead of fish from the laboratory.

According to a study by the non-profit climate consultancy CO2 online, a plant-based or vegan diet is actually by far the best for the climate.

According to the study, a vegan diet avoids 1010 kilograms of CO2 per capita per year.,laborfisch100.html

And I mean…The fishing industry is the most destructive industry in our oceans.
There is no sustainable commercial fishing industry.

“The fishermen in their tiny boats in the waters of Africa or India are not the problem. In fact, they are the victims of the problem, as industrialized, high-tech ships plunder their seas for a profit,” says Captain Watson

“Traditional artisanal fishing communities in the southwestern coastal province of Kerala, India, have long suffered from mechanized vessels financed by Norway.

Norwegian commercial fishing off India is forcing hundreds of thousands of Indians into poverty, making Norway, the world’s second largest fish exporter and the world’s largest killer of whales, a major exporter of fish to India today, ”said Watson.

More than 2 trillion fish are caught from the sea each year, excluding the 120 billion that are killed on fish farms.
That killing is far greater than the estimated 65 billion animals killed for meat and fur each year.

Corruption, slavery and human trafficking are not uncommon in the fishing industry.
Slaves, for example, have to work on ships for up to twenty hours a day under inhumane conditions; Some report executions on board.
Captains sell the people on to other ships for a few hundred euros.

A study published in Fish and Fisheries found that China catches more fish for non-human consumption than any other country in the world.

This catch is usually converted into fish meal and fish oil, which is used to feed fish in aquaculture, but also in pig and chicken feeding.

Besides the increasing CO2 emissions that are ruining our planet, we know that there are more reasons to forego fish and meat.

The fish alternatives that already exist in the market are very good and are getting more and better every day.

My best regards to all, Venus


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