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American company JUST creates animal-free foie gras

by Futures Centre, Feb 8
1 minute read

American food company JUST, formerly known as Hampton Creek, has created a ‘clean’ foie gras by growing liver cells in a laboratory without harming any animals.

Scientists use small biopsies of animals’ liver, culture the cells and feed them sugar, increasing the fat levels until they mimic the ‘hepatic lipidosis’ produced by over-fed ducks and geese.

This ‘clean’ foie gras offers an alternative to the fatty duck or goose liver delicacy, which involves the controversial force-feeding of birds.

 

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