In the two months since BlueNalu was established, this San Diego-based company has already done some pretty amazing things. For instance, the cultured seafood pioneer just announced that it has raised an enormous $4.5 million to fund its exploration into a field called “cellular aquaculture.” Using this money, the sustainability-minded brand ultimately hopes to develop and facilitate the global implementation of a process by which seafood products are made directly from fish cells but does not involve killing fish.
It’s safe to say that this alternative method for meeting the high consumer demand for seafood is urgently needed in the modern day. After all, overfishing is running rampant to the point that experts have predicted global fish stocks could potentially collapse as soon as 25 years from now. Not to mention 80 percent of fish populations are already “fully- to over-exploited, depleted or in a state of collapse,” according to a recent study from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
As BlueNalu President & CEO Lou Cooperhouse stated in a press release, “It’s time to rethink seafood and how we can sustainably feed our global population in the decades ahead.” He went on, “This level of funding will allow us to aggressively develop our technology platform and the commercialization strategy required for product manufacture. We are also implementing strategic partnerships that will enable us to ultimately reach our target customers with a line of great-tasting, distinctive, and cost-effective seafood products for global distribution.”
Cooperhouse is absolutely right that we need to seriously reconsider the way in which we source our seafood if we are to have any hope of saving our oceans from becoming vacant of aquatic life in the near future. Luckily, BlueNalu’s commitment to launching cellular aquaculture worldwide is giving us hope that we’ll finally be able to produce seafood in a way that is far more sustainable and humane than our current methods before too long!
Aside from being excited by how BlueNalu’s project could make great strides in bringing our dying oceans back to life, we are also ecstatic that investors across the globe felt that this was a cause worth contributing to.
While the market for animal-free, cultured meat like beef and poultry has seen tremendous growth in recent years as more and more consumers have begun to support it, the lab-created seafood field is not nearly as large at present. But now that BlueNalu has entered the game, we have a feeling that’s all about to change!
If you’d like to learn more about BlueNalu and its mission to revolutionize the way we think about and produce our seafood, you can visit their website here.
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