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San Francisco Firm Cooks Up Sustainable, Affordable Egg Alternative
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | March 14, 2013 11:51 PM | Staff

Posted on 03/15/2013 10:55:15 AM PDT by Red Badger

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A San Francisco food producer wants to make you an omelet without breaking any eggs – and they may be able to do it with one key ingredient they make in a lab – no chicken required.

From their Mission District laboratory, Hampton Creek Foods and CEO Josh Tetrick are taking aim at the egg farming industry.

“We just cannot go on eating like we all are right now with our food system,” Tetrick said. “It’s just unsustainable.”

Many Bay Area farms let chickens roam the pastures, but the Humane Society says more than 90% of the country’s egg-laying hens are kept in cramped conditions. Tetrick takes issue with the restrictive quarters, with the resources needed to feed the chickens, and the diseases they may catch and spread to humans.

“We just kind of look at that and say ‘this is absurd,’” Tetrick said emphatically. “Our product is just better.”

That’s right – Tetrick claims Hampton Creek has improved on the egg. They call their product “Beyond Eggs.”

“It’s made up of a variety of plants, including peas. We use different gums. We use a host of different plant-based protein sources,” Tetrick explained.

It’s hard to believe a blend of plants can imitate not only the taste of an egg, but the ability to whip up into foam like an egg, or coagulate into gel like an egg, but Tetrick said his team is clever about selecting plants that not only replicate, but surpass the egg in food products.

Hampton Creek Foods is already baking Beyond Eggs into cookies and mixing it into mayo. Their next mission is to recreate that taste and texture into dishes like scrambled eggs and even omelets.

Former Top Chef contestant Chris Jones is Hampton Creek’s Director of Culinary Innovation. On the day of our visit, he was seated close to the floor, working with a giant mixer to produce a batch of mayonnaise using Beyond Eggs.

“An egg is such a miraculous thing, and all the culinarians understand what it really does in a recipe,” Jones said with the mixer whirring beside him. “So working with vegetable products, all natural products, to try to make what an egg does is challenging.”

Jones was excited about the idea of blending the expertise of the chef with the skill of the scientist.

“We can make a difference,” he remarked. “We can do something special besides making wonderful food. Let’s take our knowledge and pour it into doing something for the first time.”

Tetrick said Hampton Creek is about three months away from getting Beyond Eggs into baked goods made by two top food companies that will replace the “farmed” egg in some products. We asked him what he would say to egg farmers who might find themselves out of work.

“Change happens,” he replied. “But when change happens, jobs are created. We’re really interested in the company in engaging with farmers.”

Unlike the egg, Beyond Eggs are cholesterol free. It’s likely you’ll be able to buy them in the grocery store within a month, and according to Tetrick, you’ll pay about 15% less than regular non-organic eggs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: agriculture; chickens; eggs; farms
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WHAT???????......

1 posted on 03/15/2013 10:55:15 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Just remember to create a ham and egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.


2 posted on 03/15/2013 10:56:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

Yes, the loss of jobs among that demographic will be devastating. We’ll see unemployment rates of 99% or more among the chickens of this land.


3 posted on 03/15/2013 10:58:24 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: dfwgator

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2994159/posts


4 posted on 03/15/2013 10:58:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger
“We just cannot go on eating like we all are right now with our food system,” Tetrick said. “It’s just unsustainable.”

What!??

No, seriously, WHAT!!!????

Well, it's San Nutcisco. The liberalism has made them seriously demented.

5 posted on 03/15/2013 10:59:15 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Red Badger

http://hamptoncreekfoods.com/beyondeggs/overview.php


6 posted on 03/15/2013 11:00:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger
In case any body is wondering, the word "egg" is completely onomatopoetic.

Exactly, albeit a bit drawn-out, the sound the chicken makes during production.

7 posted on 03/15/2013 11:01:27 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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8 posted on 03/15/2013 11:02:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger
The best part: You can make this egg substitute on your 3D printer and no chicken eggs were involved. {Tastes like plastic, though.]
9 posted on 03/15/2013 11:02:39 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Red Badger

Absolutely disgusting. Nothing will replace my chickens. Ever.


10 posted on 03/15/2013 11:03:58 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Red Badger

"Beyond Eggs is People!!!!"

11 posted on 03/15/2013 11:07:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger
““We just cannot go on eating like we all are right now with our food system,” Tetrick said. “It’s just unsustainable.””
Let's all do this. We eat like we are now and we keep politicians from eating lobster and kobe beef all the time. We will save money and they will lose weight.
12 posted on 03/15/2013 11:08:19 AM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (All praise King Obama and bend over backwards for him.)
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To: Red Badger

If all these chicken little, were doomed, it’s unsustainable, blah, blah, whack jobs would self abort all the issues would be solved.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 11:09:34 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Red Badger

What good is it without a yolk?
That’s the best bit, over easy with Tabasco and rye toast.

Yummy!


14 posted on 03/15/2013 11:10:44 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Badger

Chickens can make more chickens..how is that unsustainable???????? Honestly I just don’t get liberal logic.


15 posted on 03/15/2013 11:12:47 AM PDT by The Louiswu (Torpedo the Constitution and full speed ahead!!!)
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16 posted on 03/15/2013 11:13:06 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Badger

and it only has a MODERATE amound of ANAL LEAKAGE!

wow! gota wuv that!

(/s)


17 posted on 03/15/2013 11:13:18 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: dfwgator
Just remember to create a ham and egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.

Until the pig is replaced = (s)ham

Menu items in Dr. Seuss's bistro:

Sham and soylent green eggs
Scoffee
Soy milk = Smilk

Like it or starve.

18 posted on 03/15/2013 11:13:39 AM PDT by imardmd1
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To: Wurlitzer

They’ve never been to the island of Kauai, obviously.

They couldn’t get rid of all of their free-roaming chickens if they tried.


19 posted on 03/15/2013 11:15:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

Back to Donald Duck’s valley of the square eggs...


20 posted on 03/15/2013 11:15:56 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: imardmd1
San Francisco Firm Cooks...

So for these fake eggs, I propose the name Feggs.

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21 posted on 03/15/2013 11:19:59 AM PDT by repentant_pundit (Sammy's your uncle, but he behaves like a spoiled rotten kid.)
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To: DustyMoment

they say these things and nobody calls them on it.

when we say something can’t go on, they demand proof and when we show it they berate the evidence.

ex. our current spending. obama just says no problem here. but larger than 16 ounce sodas, that is unsustainable.


22 posted on 03/15/2013 11:20:39 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Red Badger

Cholesterol free, eh? Yeah, because ingesting cholesterol has been proven to increase blood serum levels of cholesterol. Or not. Who cares. I’ll keep buying farm fresh eggs from my local farmers for $5 / dozen.


23 posted on 03/15/2013 11:29:43 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Red Badger

Build a double wall completely around SF.

Let them survive on their ‘sustainable and affordable egg alterhantve’.


24 posted on 03/15/2013 11:35:06 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: DustyMoment

let people keep a couple of hens in their backyards, then.

You’ll also reduce food waste considerably.


25 posted on 03/15/2013 11:37:20 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Red Badger

My chickens are free ranged and eat an all natural diet. All the eggs are brown eggs. The yoke is bright orange, sits up high and they are always fresh.

I have more eggs than we can use, so we also take them to the food bank and my wife sells them to her friends for $3.50 per dozen. My dog gets the broken eggs... fresh only.

Even if I lived on a boat, I think I would raise 2 or 3 hens for their eggs... considering what you get, it’s easy and cheap.


26 posted on 03/15/2013 11:37:49 AM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: Nitehawk0325

I’m betting Mr Tetrick believes 0bama when he says that our current debt and deficit spending is sustainable, though.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 11:39:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: mylife

I heard they found detectable amounts of horsemeat in Soylent Green.


28 posted on 03/15/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: andyk
I’ll keep buying farm fresh eggs from my local farmers for $5 / dozen.

I'm all for farm fresh but....$5 a dozen? That's ridiculous.

29 posted on 03/15/2013 11:40:28 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: Red Badger

I ain’t eating nothing grown out of a petri dish from San Francisco.


30 posted on 03/15/2013 11:43:32 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Red Badger
So working with vegetable products, all natural products, to try to make what an egg

Why?

Eggs do all of that already and they are cheaper and better for you.

I see stupid people.

31 posted on 03/15/2013 11:45:35 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: andyk

I just walked in from my egg ladies’ . Brown and green eggs, $3/dozen. Fresh! Wonderful.


32 posted on 03/15/2013 11:46:22 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger

“unsustainable”?

Most people out here keep free-range chickens-no egg shortage. Sorry to hear that San Fran has a shortage of chickens-and brains...


33 posted on 03/15/2013 11:47:31 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Red Badger

“Sustainable, Affordable Egg Alternative”

If an item which has self-replicating capability can’t be called “Sustainable” then nothing can. Especially when it can collect all the needed raw materials just by walking around and pecking the ground. A few clucks thrown in, now & then, for good measure.

The original product & process seems to have worked just fine for at least the entirety of human history.


34 posted on 03/15/2013 11:54:12 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Secret Agent Man
they say these things and nobody calls them on it.

Or even notes that perhaps he has more than a little self-interest in saying so, seeing as how he is trying to market a replacement product. Of course if he was part of "Big (fill in the name of whatever industry the left is currently freaking about)" they'd be on it like white on rice.

35 posted on 03/15/2013 11:55:25 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: BwanaNdege

Chickens are one of the most “sustainable” livestock in existance.

They turn food scrap waste into eggs and meat, they can reproduce, they provide aeration and fertilization to the ground, they control pests - what’s not to like? What’s not sustainable?

If only the cities and HOAs didn’t have sticks up their collective keisters.


36 posted on 03/15/2013 12:00:28 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

A dozen fresh free-range eggs here are $1.50-$2.50, or barter, and available from several neighbors. I can also trade a loaf of my homebaked bread and some fresh-cut herbs for a dozen.


37 posted on 03/15/2013 12:01:10 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Yeah, most of the local purveyors are $4/dozen here in the treasure valley. This farmer is the one I buy my lamb from. I want her to be around 10 years from now, so I support her operation how I can. She spots me free lamb bacon, so I call it a wash :)


38 posted on 03/15/2013 12:02:22 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: mylife

Yep, toast and egg yolk is better than peanut butter and chocolate.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 12:04:55 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Wow! Fresh eggs for $3/dozen. That’s awesome.


40 posted on 03/15/2013 12:06:17 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: MrB

http://www.backyardchickens.com/


41 posted on 03/15/2013 12:35:20 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: BwanaNdege

Bendare... alotlately.


42 posted on 03/15/2013 12:36:24 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Red Badger

Are these the same people who inflicted tofurkey on us?


43 posted on 03/15/2013 12:43:03 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: andyk
"Good...trade."


44 posted on 03/15/2013 12:44:00 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: mylife

I agree.

This seems ok, if not good, for scrambled eggs or omelettes, although the taste and consistency may be questionable. I’d like to try it.

For baking or sauces — sounds good — again, if their claims to “functional equivalence” stand up.

But I like eggs over easy, or soft boiled, or even hard boiled.

I want that yolk and white not all homogenized. Softly cooked yolk mixing with cooked potatoes is delicious and is something that they can’t replicate.


45 posted on 03/15/2013 1:13:11 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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***It’s hard to believe a blend of plants can imitate not only the taste of an egg, but the ability to whip up into foam like an egg, or coagulate into gel like an egg, but Tetrick said his team is clever about selecting plants that not only replicate, but surpass the egg in food products. ****

Sounds like a highly processed food product to me! What is wrong with a real EGG! They are about the cheapest thing in the grocery store!


46 posted on 03/15/2013 1:15:58 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: ifinnegan

Amen.
I even like over easy eggs on sammiches.


47 posted on 03/15/2013 1:27:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: andyk
Toast, yolk and tobasco. ☺
48 posted on 03/15/2013 1:28:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Sloth

It’s possible.


49 posted on 03/15/2013 1:30:19 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Those green Araucana eggs are the best!


50 posted on 03/15/2013 1:33:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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