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Finless Foods Pioneers Innovation To Grow Fish From Stem Cells

By Nicole Caldwell

The cellular meat production industry has taken to the proverbial seas with Finless Foods, a new biotechnology company angling to grow fish meat from stem cells thereby taking the fishing out of, well, fish. Fish consumption continues to rise, even as 53 percent of the planet’s fish stocks are completely exploited, or so overfished that an increase in the catch is rendered impossible

American consumption of finned food totals at 4.8 billion pounds annually, according to the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration. On the global scale, governments put increased caps on fishing to protect ecosystems, and new information comes out steadily about the possibly harmful chemicals showing up in fish.

Enter Finless Foods, where workers imagine a future of fish meat requiring no hooks, nets, aquariums, or even aquaculture. The fish in this alternate universe are free of toxins and poisons like mercury—a particularly large threat for long-living fish species such as king mackerel, marlin, northern pike, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and tuna.