Fungus found in Yellowstone is key ingredient in new meat substitute
Two thousand nine. A team of researchers discovered a previously unknown microbe in the hot springs of yellowstone national park now. The fungus is the star ingredient in a new line of food products. He was very very high in protein. And it's actually a very exciting protein because it's a complete protein. There's really not that many sources of complete putting out there. That's thomas jonas. Ceo of nature's find the chicago based startup developed a process to ferment. the fungus and create. What's now called five protein. They're using it to make a variety of foods so we've been able to make things that range from chicken nuggets hamburgers breakfast sausages to yogurts and cheese earlier this year. The company offered a limited line of cream cheese and breakfast sausage on its website. Jonas says the products will soon be sold at stores. He foresees growing demand for protein. Filled foods produce more sustainably than meat and dairy that whole supply chain is completely inefficient and using a tremendous amount of resources of land of water energy. So jonas says fi could provide a more climate-friendly alternative.