Could you, would you, on a train? Would You Eat Chicken-less Eggs?

Chickens on a conventional egg farm

Just When You Thought You’d Heard it All…

Eggs are always a hot button topic with foodies and farmers.  The long debate about the healthiness of eating eggs, the endless exposés about egg farms – not to mention and the entire market segment of egg substitutes for vegans.  But have you heard about chicken-less eggs?

Yep – just when you thought eggs couldn’t be any more convoluted, here come chicken-less eggs.

Read more: The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg; and Why You Should Eat Them

Replacing the Egg

Using things that aren’t really eggs to replace eggs isn’t exactly a new idea.

There are many commercial egg substitutes on the market targeted at vegans.  Most of these are made from vegetable products – soy flour, potato starch, algae, etc.  And vegan cooks have found a huge variety of foods that work well as egg substitutes for different dishes – from tofu to pumpkin to flax seed and more.

But vegans aren’t the only people trying to beat eggs.  There are many more products on the market that use processed egg whites as a base – generally claiming that their products are more healthy than a plain old egg white.

And the new “chicken-less egg” isn’t for vegetarians either.  This new product is… well… it’s kinda an egg… but mostly not…

Just What are Chicken-less Eggs?

This month’s issue of Entrepreneur Magazine includes a short interview with Arturo Elizondo, co-founder of Clara Foods – a startup in San Francisco that’s using yeast to make something that is “genetically egg.”

They insert genes from egg whites into yeast, ferment that yeast in a big tank, and create a product that has the genetic identity of egg whites, although no chicken was ever involved.

So, chicken-less eggs are a product of the enzymes of fermented GMO yeast.  They didn’t provide any information about the substrate that is being fermented, or the nutritional properties of the finished “egg.”

Infographic: Eggsposing Some Basic Facts About Eggs

Brewing Egg Whites

Elizonda says his factory looks like a high-tech brewery, funded with $1.75M in venture capital from investors last July.  They point to the high environmental footprint of conventional egg farms as their big justification – arguing that their method is revolutionary because it is so much more efficient.

And they refer to similar methods used to produce insulin for diabetics and rennet for cheese as proof that their model will work.

Would You Eat Chicken-less Eggs?

So here’s my big question…  Would you eat these chicken-less eggs?

Use the comments below to share your opinions…

(I already know what my answer is.  When I think about a sustainable egg supply, I don’t envision a state-of-the-art production facility – my sustainable egg supply looks more like chickens running around in everyone’s yard!)

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Sources:

1: How This Startup Raised a $1.7 Million Seed Round on Chicken-Less Eggs. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/271933
2: Clara Foods Raises Funds to Make Vegan Egg Whites. https://isha-datar.squarespace.com/press/
3: Egg Protein Farmer Arturo Elizondo Envisions a Well-Fed World Beyond Chickens. https://www.inverse.com/article/12712-egg-protein-farmer-arturo-elizondo-envisions-a-well-fed-world-beyond-chickens

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Michael has been the resident editor at The [Grow] Network since January 2015. Michael grew up in St. Louis, where he became a lover of nature - hiking and fishing his way through the Ozark hills in Missouri. He attended Baylor University in Waco, TX, and he currently lives in Austin. Michael has background experience in small-scale farming, commercial growing, vegetable gardening, landscaping, marketing, and software development. He received his Permaculture Design Certification from the Austin Permaculture Guild in 2013.


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163 Comments
  • Debbie

    Why not eat the food God provided for us?

    • Sean

      Really? God provided you bananas in Minnesota? God provided you Asparagus in New York City in November?

      • Robert

        Sean, not sure your point. It seems a bit rude. Debbie is correct. And yes, God did provide bananas. God did provide asparagus.

        • VS

          I think he’s trying to point out that bananas don’t grow in Minnesota, asparagus doesn’t grow in November (in NY) and, likewise, eggs don’t grow in a tank. Get REAL folks, in a literal sense.

        • Amnada

          Indeed. Let’s not get all cocky and rude. The point is there are things made in nature, and we have generally found it’s a bad idea to pretend we can make things better than found naturally in nature.

          • Amnada

            ….and I think it’s perfectly possible to move foods from one place in the world to another. Not efficient, but let’s not start the “I am holier than thou because I make everything off the of the dirt in my backyard” attitude.

      • Brandy

        No , God made bananas and asparagus. .. truck drivers made it possible for them to be in Minnesota and new York

      • Namma

        What in Hades does a fake food have to do with eating what comes naturally?

        What are you a chemical corporation investor?

        What Debbie meant was simply to eat what is provided naturally. SHE didn’t specify what.

        The illogical assumption was provided solely by YOU.

    • We already have enough fake product on the market! Why would what still another exposure to GMO’s…. that’s stupid!

  • Olie

    No way ever, even if I was vegan, would I ever eat any egg that was created by humans especially created by humans using fermenteg gmo yeast! That’s a whole lot of craziness there and one will never know the havoc this will create in our body until it’s too late.

  • Would I eat them? No way!

    Just knowing that this franken-food can even exist scares me as much as the idea of ‘soylent green’!

    • Beverly

      I would never eat them. The giant food corporations have proven to be untrustworthy. It also opens the door to further ‘improvements’ that would enhance their bottom line but would be deleterious to the consumer. I got my own chickens to avoid contaminated foods, and I will not go back to eating what I consider to be trash.

    • D Gray

      I would not eat these eggs. I am like everyone else- do not trust GMO’s and corporations. I eat organic and feel great!

    • Toni Brock

      What is “Soylent Green”?

      • lisa johnson

        It is a reference to a very old movie in which we have devestated our environment, and one corporation provides all the city’s food it’s called Soylent Green though i’m not sure the spelling is correct, and it’s what is everyone has to eat. At the end of the movie it is discovered that our miracle survival food is really overpopulated people

      • lisa johnson

        It is a reference to a very old movie in which we have devestated our environment, and one corporation provides all the city’s food it’s called Soylent Green though i’m not sure the spelling is correct, and it’s what is everyone has to eat. At the end of the movie it is discovered that our miracle survival food is really overpopulated people

  • Red Baron Farms

    Short answer is NO
    Long answer is HELL NO

  • Portia McCracken

    No GMO yeast for me!

  • No No and No I will eat the real thing or nothing

  • Pauline

    No, no, no. Who would want to eat that? Nothing nicer than a fresh, ‘home-laid’ egg either fried or soft boiled.

  • Kloned Klein

    None of my family will eat these. Nor will we eat any GMOs if given the choice and information to make that decision–which is what is at stake… our choice.

    Never. We are such a sick nation and what has increased?
    Cancers, Autism, Diabetes, Dementia, etc. along with their causes which have increased; namely, GMOs, Fluoride, Vaccinations, and more and more chemicals in our foods.

    Anyway, it’s not such a great idea. Why not use such thinkers to produce something that will actually benefit humanity.

    • Al

      I wonder where the intelligence we brag about goes… Human race is a HUGE mistery to me.
      You can make things simple,OR make them complicated… “Ummm,let’s complicate!”
      Wat is it,more fun to MAKE eggs (etc) than to collect them? For God’s sake,and ours,let’s stop this nonsense!!!

  • Patricia.S

    No way.. Kind of gross really!

  • Profile photo of Riesah

    I love real grass fed chicken and their eggs. They’re such a versatile food and filled with real nutrition. While I respect a person’s choice to go vegan, this wouldn’t be my choice ever. My body thrives on variety and this is the basis for good health and balance. I use every part of the egg, with shells returning to the soil to enrich my garden veggies. I think those folks in California are cracked!

    • d

      question: how do you insure that the chickens are only grass fed? it is a chickens nature to eat bugs and all sorts of seeds, so how do you so strictly control their diet? and is it really healthy for the chicken to eat only one thing, when they naturally eat a variety?

      • Sean

        They aren’t entirely grass fed, they are “pastured” and usually fed some grain as well, and if they eat bugs, it makes the eggs more nutritious…

      • Really_Old_Guy

        I saw a short clip on U-tube of a chicken eating a mouse. And another of a squirrel eating a mouse…starting with the head and through the entrails. I found these interesting. “Free-range” means they’ll eat anything that moves that is smaller than they are…though I doubt it harms/affects the eggs they produce.

        As for home-grown chickens, what are you feeding them? Any left-over produce from the grocery store that isn’t “certified organic”? Any grain you bought at the feed store that isn’t certified organic? Any grass cuttings that you’re positive haven’t been sprayed?

        AND it does make ME wonder…what about “harvested” wild geese, ducks, quail, pheasants, etc., that have been eating pesticide-sprayed grains from farmers fields, or grasses from sprayed city parks, or even from sprayed ditches or lawns in our own neighborhoods? What is the acceptable level of pesticide-laced wild critters for the dinner table? Or…better question: WHAT (if anything) is safe to eat these days?

    • Amy Davis

      That’s why they call California the land of fruits and nuts! I feed my eggshells (ground up) back to my chickies to help the next eggshells be harder.

      • Larina Harris

        I want to do this (eggshells) but I worry that my chickens might start eating their eggs. Do your chickens ever eat their eggs?

        • Pam

          only if they aren’t getting enough protein.

        • Marianne

          Grind or crush the eggshells. The hens will go after whole eggs if they are fed partial or more intact empty shells, but they like the nutrients in the shell material.

    • Seadonna

      Hay I’m in California and agree with you 100%… We pasture raise our own food… Not all of us in California are cracked

  • tag

    LOL! More demonizing of one of natures most perfect foods, right up there with that RAW MILK will kill ya!
    I will keep doing what I have been doing for 62 years. Eating nature provided food! I grow my own, and rest comes from a local farmer with same mindset. How many can claim at 62 they haven’t seen an MD in over 25 years, have never had a mammogram, cat scan. MRI, and the rest of the “fashionable” test, no vaccines recommended by the CDC and not on any “pills for the ill”! Science saving humanity? Give me a finng break.

    • a

      I am with you Tag, I am 68 and “will not’ TAKE a PILL TAKE A PILL” that these damn doctors and commercials on TV keep Pushing.
      It is Sickening. Stupid Female doctor tried to get me to take that Horse pee pill when I was going through menopause. The idiot told me that if I did not take it I would be more likely to get cancer. What a lot of bull feathers. It has been proven that those pills actually ’cause’ cancer.
      I told her, my mother and my Grandmother went though through menopause without drugs and they survived. Menopause is miserable to go through but it passes. Generations have coped with going through it without “pills” and big Pharma.

      • Alice

        Amen to both of the above. Natural foods grown and prepared as they were when I was a girl on the farm some 70 years ago!

        • Alice

          Oh, yeah, and none of the doctor approved drugs. Of course, I didn’t have any discomfort going through menopause…but I do have elevated cholesteral (how much depends on where the government decides it is today), as did my older sister. She died at 77 but not from any heart or circulatory problems…and last time they caught me, I didn’t either. LOVED the doctors answer to my saying no to taking statins. “But your liver is very healthy!” And, said I, “I’m glad, and I shall try to keep it that way—no statins.”

    • george

      I like your attitude. I also am 62 and I haven’t seen a doctor in yrs. Most people tell me that I “Need” to go see a Dr. People keep telling me that men die younger because they don’t see their dr. often enough. I laugh and say the reason I’m alive is because I don’t go to Drs. If I break a bone,I’l consider it.
      Look here s my point, like you I take care of myself. I take Responsibility for my Health, I don’t go to emergency because I cut my finger. I’l clean it, apply a butterfly and Mega-dose Vitamin C, just like Linus Pauling and Abram Hoffer told us to do. People now a days don’t want to be Responsible for their own lives, they want every one else to do it for them, so they can Blame them when things go wrong
      Now for my 97 yr old grandmothers explanation, people are Lazy, Stupid and think that they can eat all this garbage that Industry calls food and Look and Feel Healthy. I don’t want to repeat what she just said, because man when she gets going about lazy ass, American fat asses, ooops! Sorry couldn’t help myself. This woman still makes her own Aspirin, mortar and pestle and white willow bark, and Vit C from White Pine Needles!g
      No Fake Eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tag

    My girls treat me to breakfast every morning! I love them as family.

  • Margie

    Isn’t this what Agenda 21 wants? Population control? Immunize little ones with mercury in the vaccines so their little lives will be cut short.

    Get the seniors on so many big Pharma drugs that they become confused and incapable. I have seen it happen over and over and I am an older person.

    The Doctors in this country are so complicit with this, some not even realizing it.

    The true DEVIL is in the big Pharma and GMO industry.

    We have to fend for ourselves.

    • Gerrie Randall

      In Canada the children HAVE TO have the vaccinations before they will be allowed to go to School so other than home schooling you are stuck. Our daughter at the Doctor’s with baby, she told him she believed the multible vaccinations would be bad for her under weight baby child – he told her “do it on not come back” to see him.

    • Amy Davis

      First defense – DON’T GO NEAR DOCTORS. If you feel sick, consult an herbal remedies resource. I’m 79 and haven’t been to a doctor since my youngest kid was born, 53 years ago.

    • Why do you bring Agenda 21 into this? It is a perfectly legitimate effort to bring nations together around respecting the planetary ecosystem? Yes, lower population growth by improving lifestyles and education – the best correlation for people choosing to have fewer babies. Anything else you have been told about Agenda 21 should consider the source of that info. Did it possibly come from the “Make America Great” voices now lining up to pollute and pillage?

      • Pete Rutherford

        Janet … you’re worried about over population. Consider that each person on earth could stand on a square piece of land 32 feet long on each side … no one would be closer than 32 feet from another person … and the entire world’s population would fit in an area the size of the state of Texas! Over population is NOT a problem … neither is feeding the world. The problem is people’s desire for power over resources and other people!

        Agenda 21 is a plan by a few people to control everything (read: thee world). It’s main opposition comes from the Constitution of the United States which guarantees freedoms for the people of our country that the “world leaders” don’t want anyone to have.

      • Twiddlebug Jan

        My complaint against Agenda 21, as it is NOW ALREADY BEING PRACTICED in California. is that all people must live in population centers, and the area outside of that population city will not be allowed to be developed. The hurdles that they put you through to have chickens, goats, sheep, a house and land can take 5+ years to make a farm. Most don’t have enough money for that. So we see land part-way developed on the market, hell, we are not theoretical Agenda 21:we are living it. Meanwhile my favorite feed store in an antique building with all the trappings of history all around it is probably going to be erased from this earth after the lease is up in about 4 years for 8 story condos! WHY? Because Agenda 21 must have high density housing on the transit corridors, and our transit is within in a mile of this location. RIP Feed Store. Our own home is about to be inundated with traffic and buildings due to a plaza that sold; yep, builder doesn’t want to sell houses, but city is forcing high density condos. Instead of the city allowing homeowners for low priced permits to add mother in law quarters, not part of the Agenda 21, they insist of making this place a concrete jungle. So eggs are not on the Agenda 21 list, but destroying the suburban experience with walls of concrete and windows, and not allowing small farms of smaller acreage is! Consider this source, we living Agenda 21.

  • J.D

    The only GMO eggs I will eat are God Made Ones.

    • Sue Deacon

      Must remember that – GMO – God Made Ones – like it!

    • ticktockoma

      Love it ! My girls (chickens) lay yummy eggs. They are GMO (God made ones)!

  • Mary

    No. If I want something fermented I’ll drink my husband’s wine, my son-in-law’s beer, my sauerkraut or other vegetables.

  • Eileen

    No. I don’t eat GMO food. I never understood why people don’t eat egg yolks from pature raised chickens. That is where all the healthy stuff is.

  • James

    What came first Arturo Elizondo or the egg?

    Seriously Monsanto and people like Arturo need to stop tampering with food PERIOD.

  • Mike C

    Nope..Would never eat these GMO concoctions. It’s back to natural things , meaning no processed foods, and these “chicken-less GMO egg whites” are processed foods to the nth degree. Footprint? What a joke…

  • Kristine

    Absolutely not!!! They have to keep chickens to get a real egg in order to get the gene that is inserted in the yeast…sooo they still need an egg
    What I’d like to know who are the investors $1.7 million…do you know how much clean water that would provide to people who do not have access to clean water? Eat God food not lab food🌻

  • We have no need for eggs. There is plenty of protein in a variety of plant foods which have all essential and many nonessential (not needed in diet because the body makes them). Chickens are descendants of the Asian Jungle Fowl who naturally lay a few eggs maybe a few times a year. Today’s chickens on farms and in people’s yards come from an industry that has genetically-modified and pharmaceutically-modidified (hormones) chickens to lay an egg almost every day. This is extremely hard on their bodies, and exploits their reproductive system. Once a chicken’s egg-laying declines, they are killed, even in the “best” circumstances, such as backyard hens. ALL male chicks in the egg industry, where backyard hens come from, are killed at just a few days old by being ground up alive, suffocated in plastic bags, or gassed. There is nothing truly normal or natural about eating the period products of chickens or any species. For more information on the egg industry and back yard hens, please visit: http://www.harpforanimals.com/eggs–hatching-the-truth.html

    • Chickens are not genetically modifies, but bred up through generations like corn and soybeans have been. They are ancient partners with humans, keeping flys and beetle populations down in our gardens. Free range chickens, pastured birds and small flocks are happy, happy. Great life, one bad day.

    • Jerry

      Exactly!……..By the way,… eating real egg whites alone without the yolk is not recommended.
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/11/13/eggs-part-two.aspx
      Dr Mercola says you’ll get a biotin deficiency if you do so. Also recommends to consume whole eggs raw. Heat deforms the protein chains and is harmful to consume. Scrambled is the worst…..boiled is not as bad but raw is best. Mix the whole raw egg into a smoothie or protein drink, you won’t taste the raw egg but you might want to remove the white strands attached to each end of yolk if the texture bothers you. Eggs are also great mixed into apple sauce……yummy.

      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/02/why-does-this-commonly-vilified-food-actually-prevent-heart-disease-and-cancer.aspx
      Cholesterol content is only a problem if you cook it…….eat raw eggs all day long and you won’t get high cholesterol readings unless it is high already. But high total cholesterol alone is not a good measure of your state of health. There are much better predictors of your general state of health, generally they are test like CRP which checks for inflammation.

  • Ingrid.

    And the world is getting crazier. What about the best part of the egg – the yolk?
    Besides I believe that nature knows best. The more we mess with her, the worse our health and our planets health will be. So the answer to your question is NO, NEVER.

  • MQ

    I read this while listening to my roosters bragging and my hens gossiping. Would I eat Frankeneggs? No!

  • Kim Travis

    This is the start of food being grown the way Issac Asimov wrote in his Elijah Bailey novels. Yeast mutated into many different foods to feed an severely over populated world. We are not in need of this yet, and hopefully mankind will realize that until we move off Earth and have other planets to populate, we do need to control our desire for a large family. For now, we do raise enough food for everyone to eat and the answer is more small farms that actually raise food not commodities. These eggs are another store bought egg, I wouldn’t eat an egg from a CAFO either, I will go without first. But many cities are allowing residents to keep hens, so the push for this kind of food is premature.

  • d. henry Lee

    Ditto to all of the above.

  • billy sharpstick

    I see a lot of knee jerk reaction to anything mentioned in the same sentence as “GMO”. I will always prefer good old dirty fresh eggs from the yard, and we are willing to pay extra to those who supply them. But the vast majority of us lives in cities and rely on grocery stores to supply us with eggs that are produced in agribusiness poultry torture factories. If “eggs” can be produced more humanely for most people, I’m all for it. (When are they going to figure out yolks?)
    We can not ALL go back to nature. Most importantly, the planet is not big enough for this many people. If you want to solve the current problems, I suggest you start working on over population.
    “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

    • They have already started dealing with the supposed over population. It’s called global genocide and has been going on for years now. Enjoy your eggs!

      • Robert

        Vickie, you are correct. Billy, there is not a population problem and yes there is the capability of being able to provide plenty of properly grown natural foods without genetically modifying them.

  • Diana

    I’m afraid to say I’m on the fence for this one. It’s not likely chicken-less eggs will ever find their way into my home. I don’t buy eggs from the store and I stay away from pre-made processed products, which is what I assume this substitute will be used for. However the thought that it could be used as a substitute for Roundup Ready Soy in processed foods is interesting. Also, what impact would this have on factory egg farms? Could it put them out of business? Will chicken-less eggs encourage more people to keep backyard chickens as the only way to enjoy actual eggs?

  • Bonnie

    FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!! I want to know who are the investors that gave this start-up $1.75M.

    • Ray Brown

      I was thinking the exact same thing. People aren’t going to jump at the idea of chicken-less eggs, so to invest millions into this tells me that these investors already have a specific agenda for this product.

  • Ann Marie

    As my 2 year old grandson would say “No way”.

  • Kay

    No, definitely not. In fact the idea of eating a slimy substance similar to egg whites made from fermenting bacteria sounds absolutely disgusting. I would also add that I don’t understand why people don’t eat the egg yolks from grass-fed outdoor chickens as they are very nutritious and very tasty as well.

    • Ray Brown

      Because they think they are wise, but in reality they are just foolish. They have convinced themselves that egg yolks are bad for their health, yet the very opposite is true.

      These people just lack knowledge and understanding, and they end up perishing pre-maturely because of it.

      These are the types that think butter is dangerous to their health, so they buy ” I can’t believe it’s not butter ” margarine instead. They haven’t got a clue what partially Hydrogenated soybean oil is, but Wal-Mart stocks it at a price cheaper than real butter, so it Must be a better alternative.
      /rolls eyes

  • emily p.

    No. Just…no.

  • MARILYN

    Somebody better get on the ball then because we will be eating them without knowing we are eating them. The BIG companies will buy them to make their products with. Ergo; you will be eating them because the powers that be are trying to keep us from knowing what is in our food products with the labeling laws. We should also be able to know if how are meat is being raised.

    • Sandy

      TOO true. I was thinking along a similar line: NO, I would not KNOWINGLY eat GMO-Yeast-Frankenfoods. However, now that we’ve lost the battle over GMO labeling, the ingredient label might say “egg whites,” or even more subtly, just “eggs.” Another reason to keep up the fight against the dilution and corruption of the “USDA Organic” label.

  • Yany

    No thank you. That sounds gross… These people just want to keep pushing GMOs on us… No GMOs for me or my family. I hope nobody buys these “eggs”…

  • Randolph

    Would you eat shit hell no and I wouldn’t eat the GMO egg and any fool that wants to eat it are also fools and if you all continue to eat GMO’s you are supporting monsantoe and then you will be their enablers meaning you support their GMO’s

  • HP

    Sadly, they will end up in convenience foods, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and many restaurants. They will most likely not be required to be included on labels. The general public will consume the egg-less product without any knowledge or consent. Hopefully, my grandchildren will develop the love of growing their own organic food and take over our humble little farm.

    • cin jaro

      I second this. It will go into EVERYTHING fhat is packaged and sold in the store plus all
      the large institutions (cause it is cost effective). Probably serve them ‘straight’ egg whites.
      So sad. I wouldn’t touch them with a 10 foot pole.

  • Tzipporah Leah Romberg

    No. No to synthesized. No to GMO. I was hoping the movement was to “sustainable.”
    What about all those packed nutrients in the yolk? Cholesterol is no longer linked to
    heart disease and is necessary for the production of all our hormones. Eat the whole
    gift, whites and yolk. Egg shells for compost [good for roses], mix in with other natural bird
    food/seed. I wonder how many years until the research starts linking these whites to
    the exacerbation of diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune disease . . . . .
    After crop GMO’s, GMO mosquitoes, GMO salmon I guess nothing will surprise me when someone
    is looking to make a windfall profit with no consideration for safety or ecology.

  • Portia McCracken

    Just because we CAN do something doesn’t mean we SHOULD do it. Fake GMO eggs sounds like a Frankenfood because it is.

  • A.

    Well, I like egg yolks, so I wouldn’t bother with this product for the sole reason that it imitates egg whites only. I also prefer over easy fried eggs, which can’t really be done with a fake egg-like product. What’s wrong with buying pastured eggs?

    Also, even though the yeast is supposedly modified to have the same nutrients as real eggs, I’m suspicious of their actual ability to do so. After all, even real eggs from hens confined in cages have different nutrient contents from eggs from pastured hens, due to the different diets of the hens. I remain unconvinced of human ability to do the job of nature. With traditional breeding, humans only guide the work belonging to nature. But genetic engineering takes that natural process and turns it into a human one – one I believe to be rife with errors and unfortunate results. Science is the process of discovery into the mysteries of nature, but some scientists when they learn a little they think they know it all (especially when they have something to sell)… the best scientists throughout history always understood that there was always more to learn.

    By the way, from the headline “would you eat chicken-less eggs”, I first thought yes of course I’d eat eggs from ducks, quails, ostriches, etc….

    • Sandy

      “…yes of course I’d eat eggs from ducks, quails, ostriches, etc….”
      LOL! Nice sidestep, “A.”

      I don’t think the yeast-product should ever be allowed to be called an “egg” since it isn’t an egg. Just because SOME of the DNA of a certain egg white has been inserted into the yeast’s DNA sequence does NOT make it an egg. Consider this: if someone were to pick up a hair of yours (or some skin cells) and insert SOME of your DNA into a batch of yeast, would you consider the resulting goo to be equivalent to yourself? Of course not! The GMO-yeast-Frankenfood has no yolk and no shell. I sincerely doubt that its nutritional content matches actual eggs.

      I ask Marjory to reconsider dignifying the yeast-product by calling it “chicken-less egg.” It is no such thing. As “A.” wittily observed, duck eggs are chicken-less eggs; GMO products are NOT.

  • Lewis Thompson

    I am disgusted with this concept. So the answer is NO.

  • Paul

    Would I eat GMO eggs?
    Not in this lifetime or the next.

  • Val

    NO! You mess with Mother Nature, she’s going to mess YOU up! What a waste of $1.75M.

  • S. Goodwin

    No thank you. I’ll just let my girls provide the eggs I eat.

  • russweston

    I would not eat GMO eggs. I do not like them, Sam I am

  • Ali

    Absolutely NOT!!! First you lost me at chicken less, then you lost me at GMO yeast. Yuck!! Why does our food need to be a science project?

  • Sharon

    didn’t enough people die from cancer or other diseases from processed foods ….another to add to the list. Why does man think they have all the answers…and what is wrong with an egg…any normal food is ok as long as it is eaten in moderation

  • lois

    I think they have read too many Si Fi adventures, where all the food comes out of machines and is based on yeast and flavorings!

  • Just more processed foods… eat simply as mother earth intends!

  • No thanks not for me. I will stick to my pastured eggs. And they better not call it an egg.

    15 U.S.C. § 1125 – False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

    (a) Civil action

    (1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which—

    (A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or
    (B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person’s goods, services, or commercial activities,
    shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

  • Sue

    Commercial food production gets more bizarre every day. I’ll pass on any food that requires a “facility”. I like real food thank you.

  • ellie

    Red Baron, Your answer is the best. Thank you for that!

    I’m not a raw foodie, but I don’t eat many foods with long ingredient lists. Eating an egg with an ingredient list just is too weird. Also, “mysterious substrate, and GMO yeast, are enough for me to lose my appetite.

  • Carol

    Soon…Soylent Green

  • FLAT OUTRIGHT NO!!!!!! THEY WILL NOT STOP PLAYING THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE!! I AM FED UP WITH THEIR ARTIFICIAL THIS AND THAT, AND KILLING US WITH THEIR BETTER PLANS FOR FOODS, AND AIR, AND DRINKS, AND NATURE!!! LEAVE US ALONE, STOP MESSING WITH WHAT IS GOOD, AND NATURAL!!! THEIR GMO’D CRAP, MSG, ASPARTAME, AND CORN SYRUP!! THIS IS REDICULOUS, YET MILLIONS OF AMERICANS EAT THEIR JUNK FOODS EVERY DAY, AND MOST DO NOT CARE, OR CAN NOT AFFORD ORGANIC! THEY ARE MAKING PEOPLE SICK AND SOME OF US KNOW WHY!!

  • Florie

    No, as it is when I use to buy eggs from the super market I would eat one or two and throw the rest out because they were so tastless.

  • Patricia bryant

    No way no man-made eggs for me or my family no thank you

  • TommyD

    No No, a thousand times NO!

  • Vyra P Warren

    Not knowingly. Really nauseating to think how this could be used in processed foods without anyone knowing it. BUt then, processed foods are already full of unknown substances not shown on the labels. Like you said, just when you think you’ve heard it all, and couldn’t get any worse, it does! We’d best all start making a concentrated effort to learn to bake breads, or at least flour and corn tortillas, to meet our cravings for “bread”.

  • Cornelio

    Hell No!!😡 it’s time for us to produce our own food👍💫✨

  • Joseph SOWELL

    If given a choice I would prefer a real egg. But under certain circumstances I could see the need for an egg-less eggs. When I’m hungry anything edible is fair game. Second, in case of a famine, I again wouldn’t cross off any food source. But in everyday situations, see the first sentence

  • Raymond Royer

    Absolutely no way.

  • No I would not eat Chicken-less eggs. Especially not knowing what is used to make this, I would definitely stay away. There is no substitute for the real thing. I agree with your statement, about your idea of a sustainable egg supply is chickens running around everyone’s yard.

  • Noreen

    Not unless that was the only thing left on earth to eat.

  • Sue

    There are better ways to feed third world countries, and yes, portions of the U.S.A. qualify (food deserts).
    Heifer.org -buy a family a chicken or two or three.
    OR…teach sustainable farming, permaculture and get monsanto out of their backyards.
    OR…get rid of ridiculous zoning that restricts chickens from urban backyards. You don’t need the clamor of a rooster to get eggs and chickens are easy to take care of in a small space.
    EAT REAL EGGS and appreciate them.

  • Rosalie

    Emphatically NO!!!!

  • Dan

    I have yet to see a man made product that is not detrimental to health. I sure want to stay away from mamade virus corrupted organisms, far far away. I would not even want my children to marry a person eating that trash. No telling the results in two or three generations…

  • Paz

    In terms of ending animal cruelty and factory farming this is great. Nutritionally this might be good too. It might be easier to scale and make it harder for diseases to breed than the current factory farmed model.

    I would say there are a lot of benefits to this in our current world.

    The process they use to sepperate the “egg” out might be nonideal, healthwise and enviromentally thoguh so I would stay soemwhat wary.

    I would say this is probably better than factory farmed eggs but probably not as great as sustainable raised eggs.
    As an option, Im for it, as the sole option Im against it.

    • Sandy

      Have you read up on the health problems being created by the novel, undocumented and unplanned proteins which occur in GMO organisms? You might want to invest a few minutes and watch the documentary, “Patent For A Pig.” The aforementioned proteins aren’t the focus of the documentary, but they are mentioned, acknowledged by scientists on film and briefly discussed.

  • Rosalie

    I am not interested i consuming foods that have been genetically altered. I prefer them the way they were created by YHVH!

  • terry

    think of all the “ingredients” added to our food supply already
    they will surely market that mess in some way
    thanks for sharing pertinent info Marjorie
    btw, I bet this wouldn’t replace factory farmed eggs

  • Frankenstein Eggs? More fixin things that ain’t broke. More NON foods just as bad and idea as the GMO Frankenstein products.

  • phil

    eggs are pretty good out of the hen think i’ll leave it that way. gods way been working well for a long time.

    • Gail

      I would eat a real egg. People are really going crazy with this. Eat eggs and plant vegs. I do and it sure works for us. Thanks for reading. Gail from P. A.

  • Of course everyone on this blog post would say no; we are educated and awareness makes us choose our own food. The issue as stated by many, is this product will be utilized by or in foods that will be fed to unsuspecting victims. Corporate food is a huge issue and will continue to be so until ‘the hundredth monkey’s phenomenon’ comes to fruition; everyone on this blog is creating goodness by sharing their eggs, or knowledge and , hopefully, all their love. We are the blessed ones, and walking in gratitude for what we have and create is paramount for continuing to better ourselves and our home.

  • Waketta

    Absolutely not.
    This world gets scarier everyday. Since we are just now finding out about this, I am wondering behind the public scene whether they have been using this franken nightmare in any of our processed foods so far without labeling being mandatory.
    I stop eating Kentucky Fried chicken when I found out they genetically modified them. Back to growing my own. My new girls will be laying in the next couple of weeks. Just in time. Whew!

  • Dieter Dittrich

    More GMOs? Shoot the bastards.

  • Jeff

    If they used “genes” from whites of chicken eggs then is it “CHICKENLESS”?

  • Pam

    Never would i knowingly eat artificial eggs. What a sad idea. Im building a life to try and teach people how to eat our native weeds/medicines. How important it is to eat less sugar and eat a little more bitter. To eat Real food. I worry that vegans eat wayyy to much processed vegan food with not enough nutrients. I would feel like im slowly poisoning someone with artificial eggs. Anything that is made in a lab like this, there is far more we are not being told. Trust only what mother nature provides us- for good nutrition. Im happy that there is a rising number of people in our western part of the world taking part in eating Real. When i went to Croatia and Bosnia, where anything produced there tastes like your eating from the garden of Eden. The food is so pure, that within an hour of a strawberry being picked, it begins to die and break down. even where many are deprived of 3 meals a day, some even deprived of one full meal,,,, they said ” oh, you are from America where the people eat plastic food” how do you survive such false food? The point is,,,,as a continental body,,, we dont! We eat ingeneered food, radiated meat and vegetables. take synthetic medicines, drink pop and citric acid based drinks. Sugar , grease, salt. And eggless eggs. How horrifying!

  • malcolm

    The difficulty with GMO’s is that they are a monocrop produced by a monopoly. If we relate to earthcare, people care and fair share then our response to GMO’s should be clear. Chickens also add to our biodiversity, especially if they are free range. The World Health Organisation also states that we have enough food to feed 15 billion people. So it seems clear that we do not need GMO food, especially as we throw away 40% of our food and the majority of the population is overweight and a large percentage obese. This should perhaps be the focus of our attention i.e. why do we over eat/how can we stop it and how can we prevent the waste?

  • Dana

    The first well known fitness guru, Jack LaLane, was the one that said that if God didn’t make it, it should not be eaten. Jack was right. I whole heartedly agree with him. When man kind tries to change it, they mess it up. Leave well enough alone and just be patient and plant some seeds and raise the livestock. It is not that difficult to do if you take the time.

  • JoHake

    yep, I knew this day was coming a loooong time ago.
    Initially I thought it would be the Chinese, as they are the #1 in recreating anything ..
    It is a sad sad sad development.

  • AnnS

    I would not knowingly eat this. The sad thing is that this will likely be added to other mass produced foods and people will eat it not knowing its source. It will be a way for large companies to save money by using lower quality ingredients. The label will probably just say something like “purified egg white”.

    • I am afraid you are right. That is why I think we have to abstain from prefabricated food, GMO is already being smuggled into those by small quantities that do not have to be declared or are allowed for animal food. It is up to us, the consumer whether we buy it or not. That is why I allowed my neighbors cows to graze on my pristine meadow this summer, e.g.

  • Carolyne

    Oh YUK. I definitely would not eat artificial eggs created using any kind of GMO base, substrate, yeast or whatever. The thought just makes my stomach turn. I respect someone’s right to eat a vegan diet and do hope that,(given the general level of untrustworthiness we have seen from corporations that create frankenfoods), that vegans come to no harm from this product. Not for or my family!!

  • I like the idea of eating fermented things, for nutrition and shelf life.
    Why wouldn’t we ferment everything and see how it is?

    Why would it have to be gmo?

    • John

      Completely destroy Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and all other evil corporations permanently; force their criminal, so-called executives to go out and make an honest living. Confiscate all of their assets and nationalize all of their operations for the benefit of the people. Support nature and the environment. LET OUR EARTH LIVE! We are all far more than just fed up and disgusted with being controlled by corporations and their murderous, militaristic, moronic goons! Down with the gutless, soulless establishment with its greedy banksters and other useless parasites! Get rid of the filthy police state scum! Go green, clean, and natural NO GMOs…ever! LET OUR EARTH THRIVE! It is way past time to do so, or get off the pot! Let’s get moving, now!

  • Larina Harris

    No. Emphatically. When will we learn not to mess with nature?

  • Monte

    Dr. Seuss
    “I will not eat them in a house, i will not eat them with a mouse,i will not eat them in a box i will not eat them with a fox, i will not eat them here of there i will not eat them anywhere, I do not like fake eggs and ham i do not like them sam i am”

  • Thank You for the information, it is good to know whats going on. Even though it makes me sick. Another reason not to buy anything prefabricated but to stick to mother nature.

  • Richard

    At the risk of being scorned as the odd man out: Actually, I’m curious. I’ve tried all sorts of fake meats and haven’t been impressed, yet. But I hope they keep trying. As for yeast-produced products, GMO-insulin is a godsend. Having insulin with the exact same configuration as human insulin, rather than extracting insulin from pork or beef pancreas (which some people had allergic reactions to) is a much better state of affairs. If yeast can produce “egg” proteins with the exact same sequence of amino acids, then I would like to try it.

    Of course, I always buy eggs produced by free-range chickens. They are yummy. But if I had to choose between eggs from inhumanely raised chickens and this substitute, I would probably pick the substitute. For now, there are not enough free-range chickens to supply eggs to 7 billion people. If the chicken industry could be transformed, then I would agree with most of the posters here who say, “Why do we need this?”

    • Sandy

      Richard, in regard to your insulin justification for this sort of meddling, wouldn’t it be MUCH better for the people involved to CURE their diabetes rather than enabling the pHARMaceutical industry’s slow-kill business model? Cures are available in the form of a healthy, natural diet.

      • Richard

        Type 1 diabetes (juvenile onset) is not cured by a healthy diet. (Type 2 diabetes can often be improved with diet and exercise.) In Type 1 diabetes the pancreas no longer makes insulin. The disease was uniformly fatal until scientists figured out how to extract insulin from animal pancreas tissue. (See https://www.trumanlibrary.org/histday/insulin/index.html for the history of insulin treatment.) But, some people had allergic reactions to non-human insulin. There was also batch to batch variation. Having a reliable version with the exact human sequence of amino acids is life-saving to these kids (who nowadays grow into adults who continue to rely on insulin).

  • Monique

    I don’t eat bacos (fake Bacon) intended for those of us that do not eat pork. If I am not supposed to eat it for religious, dietary or other reasons, then I should not eat it nor it’s imitation!
    Marjory, you amaze me with you abilities, blog and intent to help us stay informed. Thank you.

  • Sue

    I think I will pass on the mutant eggs. They really don’t have any appeal to me. There are a lot of foods I would consider but real eggs are not one of them. Eggs are a great protein source and they make desserts come together well. Let’s not forget they taste good too!

    It’s interesting to read what new substitutions are emerging.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Lord save us from … THEM….! NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! NO! NEVER! EVER! What is wrong with people? God made a perfect egg making factory. A funny, loveable, sometimes scary egg maker. It is universally known as a chicken. It requires very little food if you have a yard. You don’t even need the male of the species unless you want little ones to replace the older ones as they mature past egg laying age. And if chickens just aren’t for you, there are doves, pigeons, ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasant, guineas, emus, ostriches, kiwi, and more. And that is leaving out reptile eggs all together. We would not have such a diversity of eggs if they were not made to be eaten. The egg itself is not the problem. Our glutteny is. Mine included. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol. None of my chickens, past, present, nor future, are at fault for that. I am. M

  • Margaret

    Go figure, they make eggs that are unhealthy-higher cholesterol, etc.- brainwash people to believe all eggs are unhealthy thus creating a market for “chicken-less eggs”! What a gamut! And people fall for it! That’s the sad part, they don’t even know they’re being manipulated! I get my eggs from my daughter- aren’t I lucky! I was able t show my in-laws the difference & they understood now that they are healthier–you can see it!
    It reminds me what my Granddaddy said when shown the FDA food pyramid when it came out “Why, that’s the ratio I feed my cows to fatten ’em up for market. People are gonna get fat eating that!” Sure enough, most people are overweight–and they’ve now changed the food pyramid!
    Well, bottom line, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  • EGGS = COMPLETE FOOD —– EGGLESS = COMPLETE FOOL. I’M 80, AND 60+ YEARS NO DOCTOR NO PILLS, AND EAT 1-2 DOZEN EGGS EACH WEEK, ORGANIC, LOCAL,REAL CHICKENS!!!!

    • Ray Brown

      This comment reminded me of an article that I read recently where a 120 year old woman in perfect health was being interviewed. The one thing in her diet that had been consistent her entire life….eggs. She ate eggs everyday.

  • Jana Hunt

    My answer is Noooo! I do not want to eat a science experiment or become one myself. Scary!

  • Ray Brown

    Whoever invested almost 2 million into this is no fool. They clearly have an agenda, and on the surface they are smart enough to realize that the public would not eat chicken-less eggs…or would they?

    This is what I think is going on here:
    They sell their product to fast food chains, who start using them in all of their breakfast menu items. Food manufacturers will start substituting real eggs for this crap in all of their recipes. They will advertise it as a good thing, cater to the Vegan crowd, etc… years down the road, every pre-packaged food item in 7-11 will have egg alternative as the ingredients instead of the real thing, and the guys who invested 1.7 million into this will make a fortune…and in the meantime everyone who eats this garbage will have constant health issues and won’t have a clue as to why they are sick and fat.

    This is all Demonic from the top down. I could lay out a very rational explanation, but honestly don’t feel like it’s worth the effort, as nobody is going to read this comment anyway.

  • Vege-tater

    Nope, I’ll pass. I think eggs are pretty disgusting to begin with for a myriad of reasons, so certainly don’t see the point of making still more fake garbage to emulate them! I’ll stick with the other options thanks, and REAL food.

  • Sally Chattin

    In a word, NO.

  • Mark Willie

    This guy cracked his shell and lost his yoke. That’s disgusting!

  • Cappy

    Why??? The further away from nature we get the more problems we get into! If you want an egg, eat an egg! If you don’t want to eat eggs, then don’t but for heaven’s sakes don’t eat processed substitutes!

  • Inge Leonora-den Ouden

    Someone here called it ‘Franken-food’. I think it is not even food, but it sure is Frankensteinish! I try to stay as far as possible away from industrial made so called ‘food’. Eggs are a product of birds (mostly chickens). The eggs I eat are from chickens doing what they like to do on a biodynamic farm (if there were a permaculture farm closer by, I’d prefer that). If I were vegan, I would eat something made of nuts and/or fruits (if I could make it myself).

  • Doc Eibenschotte

    Eat artificial eggs so I can look like some weak, sickly-looking vegan? Negatory, good buddy. What’s wrong with the real thing, does PETA consider it undignified for the chicken to have its eggs stolen?

  • Jean

    Some people just don’t like hearing about God’s work.
    The BIBLE talks about how God created the world, and everything that is in the world. It also talks about how the world will wax “OLD”.
    So, it talks about how the world started and how it will finish.
    It also talks about how mankind is supposed to take care of everything. Mankind are the ones who caused global warming by overextending themselves in various ways.
    Each and everyone of us are guilty whether we want to admit it or not.

  • Polly

    I doubt this product will be sold retail. If it is genetically egg it won’t be bought by vegans and most vegetarians seem to be pretty food conscious so they’re not a target market either.

    This stuff, if successful will be used in place of egg whites in manufacturing. To avoid it you’ll need to avoid manufactured products, possibly including pharmaceuticals as well. Will it be listed in the ingredients? Will it just get listed as ‘albumen’? What a depressing thought.

    While I wouldn’t want to knowingly eat it, I don’t have any objections to its use in non food products, like paint etc. I guess I see it as freeing chickens from their use as manufacturers of raw industrial products.

  • Namma

    There’s no such thing as a chicken-less egg. Let’s not get into double-speak and redefinition of acceptable and known terms.

    Call it an egg SUBSTITUTE for that is what it is no matter how it was grown in the lab.

  • Please stop more emails to me. I got it!!

  • Sara

    I thought chicken free eggs came from ducks.

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