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WillowCup: Waterloo´s startup that makes milk out of plants

WillowCup: Waterloo´s startup that makes milk out of plants

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 07, 2017

Sara Bonham is the executive director and co-founder of WillowCup, an award-winning and promising Canadian Startup that has emerged within the University of Waterloo. WillowCup works with the Tannery accelerator, located in downtown Kitchener. Her small startup, which she runs with co-founder Craig Deebank, is tackling one of the biggest challenges facing humanity — ensuring an adequate food supply for the planet's rapidly increasing population.

"I want to create a food system that takes humanity through the next 100 years," said Bonham.

"In the next 50 years we are going to have to produce more food than we have in the past 10,000 years," said Bonham. "When I read that, I thought: 'Holy crap, we gotta move fast.' Technology has evolved in every area it seems but food tech."

And she is starting with one of the most widely consumed food products around — milk. She has developed technology that makes milk out of plants. WillowCup's milk has the same texture as cow's milk, but with less fat and less sugar. 

"It looks like milk, it tastes like milk, it functions like milk, and it is better for you, using all natural ingredients from plants," said Bonham. "And we are incorporating more fibre so it is really good for your digestive system, so you are not going to feel bloated and gross from drinking cow's milk."

And WillowCup's method is much more sustainable — it takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce a single gallon of milk using conventional methods. And animal agriculture is responsible for 18 per cent of green house gas emissions that cause climate change.

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