After Animals Podcast
The Fascinating World of Lab-Grown Oysters, Collagen and Gelatin - Pearlita Foods CEO Nikita and Jellatech CEO Stephanie Michelsen
September 24, 2022
Ulara Nakagawa & Sharanya Krishna Prasad
We're back after a summer break with our first ever "Sibling Special!" This episode features interviews with two incredible changemaker CEOs… who happen to be sisters: Nikita Michelson of Pearlita Foods, the world’s first cell-cultured mollusk company, and her sister Stephanie Michelson, a Forbes 30 under 30 winner, who heads up Jellatech, the world's first cell-based collagen and gelatin ingredient company.
Episode highlights include:
- The wide range of foods and products that contain animal-derived collagen and gelatin and why major companies are interested in alternatives.
- Why cell-cultured, or lab-grown collagen and gelatin is a cleaner, more ethical, sustainable and safer alternative to the current animal-based versions.
- The story behind the world's first cultivated oyster: how it's made, how it'll be sold and when we might be able to taste it.
- The benefits of cultivated oysters vs. wild or farmed, in terms of health and the environment. Plus, some surprising and interesting facts about oysters you probably didn’t know!
Pearlita's website: https://www.pearlitafoods.com/
Jellatech's website: https://www.jellatech.com/
Article mentioned by Nikita on the impacts of oyster farming: https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/ecological-consequences-of-oysters-culture-2332-2608-1000198.php?aid=83576 Support the show