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USDA Grants Approval to Moolec Science for Genetically Engineered Soybeans

Courtesy of Moolec Science
Courtesy of Moolec Science

Moolec Science, a company listed on Nasdaq, has recently received approval from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) for its genetically engineered soybean, Piggy Sooy™. This approval is a key step for Moolec in its efforts to develop sustainable alternatives to traditional meat production through molecular farming.


Molecular farming refers to the practice of using plants to produce proteins and other substances typically derived from animals. This method offers a sustainable alternative to conventional agricultural practices by potentially reducing the environmental impacts associated with large-scale livestock production. The technology focuses on embedding genes that produce specific proteins into plant genomes, allowing these proteins to be harvested directly from plant biomass.


The field of molecular farming is expanding as technology advances and market demand increases for sustainable food sources. Investment in this area has been significant, with numerous startups and established companies exploring its potential. This growth is driven by the need for more environmentally friendly production methods and the increasing consumer interest in plant-based and alternative protein sources.


Following the approval by USDA-APHIS, Moolec plans to accelerate its product development and commercialization strategies. Piggy Sooy™ is notable for integrating animal protein genes into soybeans, creating a product that combines the characteristics of meat proteins with the sustainability of plant-based production. Moolec’s approach includes forming partnerships with other companies to expand its reach and enhance the commercial viability of its products.


Courtesy of Moolec Science
Courtesy of Moolec Science

The USDA-APHIS approval indicates that Moolec’s genetically engineered soybeans meet the necessary safety standards and are not considered to pose a greater risk than their non-engineered counterparts. This regulatory approval is crucial for Moolec as it seeks further endorsements from other agencies, including the FDA, which are necessary before the product can enter the market.


While Piggy Sooy™ is a significant product for Moolec, it is not the company’s first to be planned for market release. GLASO, an oil high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) produced from genetically modified safflower, is expected to reach the market by 2025. This product showcases Moolec’s capability to apply its technology across different types of plant-based products.


The USDA-APHIS approval of Moolec Science’s genetically engineered soybean marks a notable achievement in the use of molecular farming to produce sustainable food products. As Moolec continues to develop and potentially market Piggy Sooy™ and other products like GLASO, it contributes to the broader shift towards more sustainable and ethical methods of food production.

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