Sounds strange: Vegetable salmon fillet with a lot of omega-3 and proteins, but without mercury and microplastics, will be on the market in 2024
- Plantish unveiled its very cute plant-based salmon fillet on Thursday
- The salmon fillet is made from legume proteins, algae oil and other binding agents
- It contains Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, B vitamins and proteins, which are found in real fish
- However, the plant-based meal does not contain mercury or microplastics
Plantish, an Israeli foodtech startup, is on a mission to save the oceans salmon fillet at a time.
The company on Thursday unveiled its new plant-based, really cute salmon fillet that mimics the texture, taste, look and texture of the real thing.
The vegan dish is made with a blend of legume proteins, algae oil and other binding agents that provide the food with Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, B vitamins and protein, but without the mercury, hormones and microplastics found in ocean fish.
Plantish recently partnered with Michelin chef Jose Andres to serve the plant-based salmon fillets at select restaurants later this year, with a supermarket launch in 2024.
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Plantish, an Israeli foodtech startup, is on a mission to save the oceans salmon fillet at a time. The company on Thursday unveiled its new plant-based, really cute salmon fillet that mimics the texture, taste, look and texture of the real thing.
Ofek Ron, co-founder and CEO of Plantish, explains, “We exist to save the oceans and eliminate the need to consume marine animals by providing more sustainable, nutritious and delicious seafood options.
“Our vision is to be the world’s leading fish brand, all without harming a single fish.”
Plantish makes the fillet using 3D printing technology, the go-to method for plant foods.
The legume proteins and algae extracts are placed in a machine and in moments a fillet with fibrous strands is produced that mimics the texture of the real thing.
Pictured is a real salmon fillet
According to the leading market research firm IMARC Group, the seafood market today is worth $586 billion and salmon is worth $50 billion worldwide.
About 80 percent of fish is consumed whole, in the form of whole fish or fillets.
However, the alternative seafood sector is mainly made up of chopped fish, due to the technical complexity of whole-piece production.
Seafood production is blamed for excessive pollution, as well as habitat degradation and species loss.
Plantish makes the fillet (shown) using 3D printing technology, the go-to method for plant foods. The legume proteins and algae extracts are placed in a machine and in moments a fillet with fibrous strands is produced that mimics the texture of the real thing
And seafood has become contaminated by human pollution — a 2020 study found that microplastics were present in every sample of seafood purchased at a market as part of a scientific study.
The study was led by the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland and is published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Researchers cut open oysters, shrimp, crabs, squid and sardines and examined them for signs of microplastics.
Sardines were found to be the hardest hit, taking in the greatest amount of plastic, up to 30 mg per serving – the same weight as a grain of rice.
More and more microplastics are being found around the world, evidence of which can now be seen at the bottom of the deepest ocean, as well as in the Alps and Antarctica.
They form when plastics degrade, are washed or broken, and are difficult to catch and destroy.
Because of their prevalence, researchers are desperately trying to understand how harmful they are to human and animal health.
URBAN FLOOD WASHES MICROPLASTICS INTO THE OCEANS FASTER THAN THOUGHT
Urban flooding is causing microplastics to be flushed into our oceans even faster than previously thought, according to scientists who look at pollution in rivers.
Waterways in Greater Manchester are now so heavily polluted by microplastics that particles are found in every sample, even the tiniest streams.
This pollution is a major contributor to ocean pollution, researchers found as part of the world’s first detailed river basin-wide study.
This waste – including microbeads and microfibers – is toxic to ecosystems.
Scientists tested 40 sites around Manchester and found that every waterway contained these tiny toxic particles.
Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic waste, including microbeads, microfibers and plastic fragments.
They have long been known to enter river systems from multiple sources, including industrial wastewater, stormwater drains, and domestic wastewater.
While about 90 percent of microplastics in the oceans are believed to originate from land, not much is known about their movements.
Most of the rivers studied contain about 517,000 plastic particles per square meter, according to researchers from the University of Manchester who conducted the detailed study.
After a period of major flooding, the researchers again took samples at all locations.
They found that contamination levels had dropped in most of them and that the floods had removed about 70 percent of the microplastics stored in the riverbeds.
This shows that floods can move large amounts of microplastics from urban rivers to the oceans.