好消息!蓋茲出資 研發素蛋、素雞 Good news! Bill Gates backs Beyond Meat, Hampton Creek Foods in quest to replace chicken, eggs

真的好消息! Very Good News indeed! 美聯社報導,微軟創辦人比爾蓋茲最新投資的科技公司不是網路或軟體開發商,而是利用植物性蛋白研發出幾可亂真素蛋、素雞的食品科技新創業者,預計將在食品業掀起新一波革命。
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比爾蓋茲出資的Hampton Creek食品公司,用豆類成功研發號稱可以取代雞蛋的素蛋,成品素美乃滋並己在超市販售。圖/美聯社

                      位於舊金山索瑪區(SOMA)的Hampton Creek Foods絕非一般食品公司,因為該公司在美國上市的第一個產品「Just Mayo」素美乃滋完全不含雞蛋,卻有傳統美乃滋濃郁口感,這正是吸引蓋茲投資的主因。 創投研究機構CB Insights執行長桑瓦爾(Anand Sanwal)表示:「這波食品革命的趨勢估計短期內將持續下去。」該公司資料顯示,去年食品相關新創業者共獲得創投公司投資3.5億美元,是2008年的7倍。 投資人看好這類新技術能減少肉類消耗量,連帶降低人類因食肉量過高而罹患心血管疾病的機率,也能抑制禽流感疫情擴散。畜牧業耗費大片土地、水源及農作物飼料對環境造成的衝擊也將因此縮小。 以Hampton Creek為例,該公司的生化學家透過顯微鏡研究豆類及來自全球60國共1,500種不同植物的分子結構,研發出11款完全重現雞蛋烹飪特性的植物性替代品。除了素美乃滋之外,該公司還將推出素餅乾麵團,以及完全植物製成卻能做出炒蛋的素蛋液。 Hampton Creek執行長泰崔克(Josh Tetrick)表示:「我們採用植物製作素蛋的過程不僅降低溫室氣體排放,也不連累任何動物,且產品價格更實惠,整體而言創造更永續發展的食物供應鏈。」 除了蓋茲之外,Hampton Creek投資者還包括PayPal共同創辦人席爾(Peter Thiel),以及昇陽共同創辦人科斯拉(Vinod Khosla)的創投公司Khosla Ventures。 蓋茲在南加州投資的另一家食品創新業者Beyond Meat則是研發出兼具雞肉味道與口感的素雞柳條。該公司執行長布朗(Ethan Brown)表示:「這款素雞柳條能同時滿足全素者及肉食者的需求。」Beyond Meat投資者還包括推特創辦人經營的創投公司Obvious Corp.,及矽谷知名創投業者KPCB。 原文在此

Bill Gates backs Beyond Meat, Hampton Creek Foods in quest to replace chicken, eggs

SAN FRANCISCO - The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs. Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, whip up batches of flavored mayonnaise and pan-fry omelets and French toast — all without eggs. Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces. - Plant-based alternatives to eggs, poultry and other meat could be good for the environment because it could reduce consumption of meat, which requires large amounts of land, water and crops to produce, backers say. It could also benefit people's health, especially in heavy meat-eating countries like the U.S., and reduce outbreaks of diseases such as avian flu, they say.... Reference here