Cult Food Science portfolio company Umami Meats has produced the world’s first cultivated fish ball laksa (a spicy noodle dish popular in Southeast Asia). Umami is a cellular agriculture start-up company that works to develop sustainable alternatives for traditional fish production.
The cell-based fish balls created by the Umami team are made from cultivated fish. Then, they are supplemented with plant proteins to give them a similar taste and texture to that of traditional fish balls.
According to Cult Food Science, heavy industrial fishing, a rapidly growing population, and climate change have resulted in the overuse and depletion of fish availability as well as global food insecurity. The venture has developed a proprietary, non-GMO process for producing fish muscle, fat, and connective tissue from a single stem cell. It is actively developing the technology that will enable production of cultivated seafood products for a range of the world’s most vulnerable fish species.