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California’s
famed UC Berkeley is offering a veganism and sustainability focused lab at its Sutardja
Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Sustainable
Foods Lab

The Sustainable
Foods Lab program focuses on animal product alternatives, food tech, and the relationship
between diet and environment, health, and animal welfare.

The website
says the lab aims to help ‘entrepreneurs and researchers investigate the next
generation of foods’.

The curriculum
emphasises both the knowledge, and practical skills required to develop new
plant-based products for a more sustainable future.

Exposure

Students
from a variety of dietary and academic backgrounds are participating in the
program.

Vegetarian business
major Etisha Lewis said:
“I’m really interested in how to make a plant-based
diet accessible to working-class people and people from underserved
communities.”

On the
other hand, meat-eating nutrition major Hailey Zhou is focused on changing the
plant-based market.

She said: “Ideally,
I’d like to develop a product line that will make a bigger impact than
Impossible Burger, which only displaces a segment of the public demand.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...