New Culture is a Silicon Valley start-up that created a fresh, vegan mozzarella cheese that is said to mimic all the properties of real, dairy-based cheese but without involving any cows whatsoever. The food start-up creates its innovative cheese by "inserting a DNA sequence into microbes that instructs the fermentation process" and creates a particle that's identical to the one that's derived from cow's milk. As such, the finished product boasts the ability to melt and stretch just like its dairy-based counterpart.
Thanks to this unique process, the company is able to make the most of traditional cheese-making processes, which increases efficiency. The lactose-free "cow cheese without the cow" helps to cut down on water usage, improve animal welfare, address food and shortages, as well as other ethical and environmental concerns.