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Amazing Foods of the Future We’ll All Be Eating Soon

Climate change is spurring some really fascinating innovation…


PopShrimp®: Once You Pop, You Won’t Stop

Did you know that the USA recently approved consumption of shrimp fed with pig feces. Yep, you read that right. Pig $hit! Who woulda thought ordering a shrimp cocktail was so damn dirty? If you need more reasons to avoid shrimp, much of the shrimp we eat is peeled (the legs and head removed) by slaves (as young as three years old…) in Asian shrimping slave-labor camps.

Amazing Foods of the Future We’ll All Be Eating Soon

Child-slave peeled shrimp is sold at Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, restaurants, and pretty much everywhere that sells shrimp…

And yet, shrimp is the most valuable traded marine product in the world. Over 10 billion dollars worth of shrimp will be sold this year alone.

Oh, and did you know that the carbon footprint of shrimp is TEN TIMES greater than for beef? Yup. In order to grow shrimp, companies are burning rainforest wetlands (killing all the life and biodiversity, while releasing thousands of years of stored carbon) and growing shrimp in the swamp that’s left behind. And because growing shrimp creates so much pollution, the land quickly becomes so toxic that it can’t sustain life, so they have to start over in another area of the rainforest every four to five years. Talk about destructive!

On top of that, shrimp is really unhealthy. Because the little creatures get so sick when they’re farmed this way, the farmers pump them full of up to eight types of antibiotics per shrimp, creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria that you then eat. Yuk!

Think wild shrimp is any better? Think again. Wild shrimp has among the worst bycatch rates in the industry. That means that shrimpers nets catch and inadvertently kill thousands of turtles, sharks — even dolphins. Not to mention that lots of farmed shrimp producers deliberately mislabel their product as ‘wild caught’ so they can charge more.

But there’s good news…

Amazing Foods of the Future We’ll All Be Eating Soon

PopShrimp tastes and IS exactly like regular shrimp — without the bad stuff

Fortunately, there’s a company doing something about this problem that’ll allow us to keep eating these tasty little critters. New Wave Foods, run by two kicka$$ women, is engineering a better shrimp with texture technology that allows them to create a superior product without sacrificing taste. It’s actual shrimp, grown in a lab. Not only does it avoid pig feces and slavery, but when they grow the shrimp, they also strip out the cholesterol and allergens. Pretty cool!

Google has already started placing orders for their office cafeterias, and other companies are starting to line up as well. It won’t be long before PopShrimps will make their way into your next bowl of Pad Thai. Who knew doing the right thing would taste so good?!

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Michael is a Forbes contributor, writing about companies that focus on sustainability. He is also a partner and wealth management advisor for Alpenrose Wealth Management. He loves birdwatching and snowboarding, and can somehow remember everyone he’s met since childhood (in amazing detail!) He's a frequent guest lecturer and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, and Institutional Investor. He was selected for the Investment News 40 Under 40 top wealth advisors list and included in Forbes' inaugural listing of America's Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors.

Reader Discussion: 143 Comments

  1. Betty Whitmer

    If I’m forced too, but as long as I still have the option, I’m going with natural. Even if it’s not as natural as those false advertising companies make it out to be.

  2. Geraldine Pettigrew

    Still not eating it. I would rather have actual meat, even if it has some GMO in it than pure artificial meat

  3. Joyce Shealy

    It’s not like we’re just killing animals for fun we need meat.

  4. Earline Wilham

    Man Meat is my favorite food, and if they take away our natural, delicious, succulent steaks, ribs, chops, and organ meats I will resort to cannibalism in the future.

  5. Chelsea Handley

    I can’t see people getting on board with lab-grown meat. Most people don’t look into or study things and just jump on the bandwagon of hating something that just sounds bad that they know nothing about as they do with GMOs and gluten. Most would be shocked to know that they have never eaten a natural fruit or veg (as they were 100 years ago give or take) in their life as this has been done for so long it has changed the food entirely. If we didn’t change our crops many would have died out. Ever wonder why banana flavoring tastes nothing like Bananas? They do. They taste like a breed of banana that was killed off by fungus more than 50 years ago. I am all for future food and GMOs! We need to protect our Bananas!!!

  6. Michelle Fisher

    What about human meat? You can solve food shortages and overpopulation at the same time.

    • Karen Hyde

      A big problem with that. Cannibalism is considered immoral in a lot of cultures, and it actually has been proven to provide several different diseases.

  7. Karen Smith

    It all sounds ok, but I hope they will be cheaper, and that we don’t just get many new diseases from any of them.

  8. Jewel Byars

    Everybody can be fed now and in the future without resorting to strange foods if wastage is avoided (it is estimated that between 30 to 50% of all food output is lost to wastage due to various reasons).

  9. Juthi

    Until we get a pizza roll bush science can fuck right off.

  10. Deborah Maynard

    And this is why I voted for Trump. Because I knew that he would get us all killed before I had to eat any of this garbage. An

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