Syn­thetic milk

Dairy News Australia - - OPINION -

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Global Dairy Plat­form, Don­ald Moore, re­cently told an Aus­tralian au­di­ence that the big­gest fu­ture threat to the world dairy in­dus­try could be syn­thetic milk. Although syn­thetic milk may con­jure thoughts of ve­gan com­pa­nies en­gag­ing sci­en­tists to over­throw the farm­ing sec­tor, it wouldn’t sur­prise us if the world’s largest dairy com­pa­nies have al­ready in­ves­ti­gated the con­cept. As an ex­am­ple, Ko­dak was once a world leader in cam­eras and print­ing. One of its em­ploy­ees ac­tu­ally in­vented the first dig­i­tal cam­era. How­ever, the com­pany thought it would be a fad, and did not want to en­cour­age a process that would elim­i­nate one of its big­gest sources of rev­enue, print­ing. As its com­peti­tors adopted the tech­nol­ogy, it fell fur­ther be­hind un­til it filed for bank­ruptcy in 2012. As­tutue dairy com­pa­nies will em­brace the tech­nol­ogy in a bid to safe­guard their fu­ture. Where this may leave farm­ers is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent ques­tion.

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