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This Lab-Grown Salmon Could Help Reduce Overfishing and Save So Many Fish


Soon, you may be able to eat salmon without actually eating a salmon.

Since 2016, startup Wild Type has been hard at work developing salmon that is lab-grown (also known as "cell-based" or "clean"). Earlier this month, the company was finally able to produce enough of its clean coho salmon to share with the public, as VegNews reported. Wild Type served a tasting menu to guests at Olympia Oyster Bar in Portland, Ore., of which each course featured the clean salmon, created from cellular agriculture technology.

As explained on the startup's blog, Wild Type is working to create "better meat to address the most pressing challenges of our generation: climate change, food security, and health." Coho salmon is the startup's first product, and this event was the first time a restaurant's menu was centered around cell-based meat, according to Wild Type. For the event at Olympia Oyster Bar, Wild Type worked with a few chefs to feature the lab-grown salmon in six different ways, including: in sushi rolls, styled like tartare on rice puffs, in a ceviche verde soup, and as hors d'oeuvres atop tortilla chips.