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

Climate change is spurring some really fascinating innovation…

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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: 198 Comments

  1. Angela Linville

    Pea milk? Hmmm… I love milk, but just ensure that it’s tastier than milk because I hate peas.

  2. Georgia Helwig

    Can you imagine if we don’t eat meat, and the animals’ population increase, what will happen to earth? Everything here is living with a purpose, don’t ruin that.

  3. Florence Hunter

    Wow. I’m more excited about the burger, and meatballs. Damn, let’s talk about meat right! Lionfish looks disgusting. Sorry! ✌

    • Rebecca Harris

      I agree. I can’t stand staring at the picture, what more of eating that.

  4. RUTH

    These food are interesting. These are the new generation of food that will help us to stop gaining weight while eating good food.

  5. Brandee More

    I wish that there’s organic pizza too. Like, vegetable pepperoni? Is that possible?

    • Dawn Wilber

      This is right, can someone invent it? Please, I’m a pizza lover!

  6. Theresa Ingram

    Damn! I’m a shrimp lover, and while reading this article, I am eating shrimp. IDC, as long as shrimp is delicious, I will eat it. Yay!

    • Thelma Brooks

      Thank God, I am allergic to shrimp. I will tell this to my friends who love shrimp. Haha, payback time!

  7. Sarah Kime

    Meatballs!! I’ve been craving for meatballs, but I am on a diet now. I started to eat just veggies last month, and I don’t want to ruin my vegan life.

  8. Erika Gillette

    Wow. Didn’t know that shrimp are as disgusting as like that. I won’t let my loved ones to eat shrimp from now on.

  9. Virginia Pearson

    The impossible burger is now possible. I tried this burger, and you can’t determine if it has meat, nor doesn’t contain one. It tastes one!

    • KELLY

      It should’ve named possible burger because they made it. Lol 😅

  10. Jody Williams

    Lionfish? Never heard of that fish, but I have no plans in trying that fish. It looks scary. 😀

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