New Wave Foods’ Vegan Shrimp & The Future of Seafood

New Wave Foods’ Vegan Shrimp & The Future of Seafood


hey there modern vegans and vegan
curious it’s Margaret and welcome back to ModVegan today on ModVegan we are
going to be talking about new wave foods the future of food the future of seafood
and the future of shrimp I hope you’ll join me in a recent study produced by
the industry watchdog Oceana they tested about 25 thousand different
types of seafood products to see how well they were labeled and it turned out
that out of that twenty five thousand about twenty percent were mislabeled and
this might sound bad but it gets far worse when you start getting into areas
that are a bit more murky foods that are higher margin and more easy to miss
label for example bluefin tuna was mislabeled 98 percent of the time which
means that if you’ve ever tasted bluefin tuna chances are you didn’t taste
bluefin tuna this is a problem at least from a consumer standpoint people want
to get what they pay for but it’s also a problem in many other ways for example
seafood because it’s mislabeled can often come from countries of origin
where it may not be contributing to human rights in a positive way we’ve all
heard about Thailand and the issues that they have had with human trafficking and
slavery when it comes to the seafood industry in particular at the shrimp
industry and of course there are all sorts of issues pertaining to food
health and food safety as well there are issues surrounding contamination of
different products and in a recent study concerning how much plastic was in the
food that we eat The Telegraph reported that every seafood eater on average is
in consuming about 11 thousand pieces of microplastics a year which is a lot of
pieces of microplastic and it really reveals the amount of pollution
there is in the ocean the problem that we have with ocean degradation I made a
video recently called a plastic ocean it was a review of the movie a plastic
ocean which I really recommend that all of you see – it’s a
very informative documentary that shows what a problem consumer plastics are
causing in our oceans when you combine this with things like ocean dead zones
caused by animal agriculture it’s clear that the oceans are in a bad state and
it’s hurting the people who are working in this industry and it’s also hurting
the oceans themselves and the creatures that are in it but as I often talk about
in this channel economics is often the thing that drives our behavior it’s not
always purely ethics and things like that I know I heard
for example years ago about the issue with slavery in in Thailand and and in
other places and how this related to the shrimp industry and I actually stopped
eating the shrimp before I stopped eating any other animal food which was
kind of hard for me because I loved shrimp I still would love shrimp if it
didn’t come from an animal I’d definitely be eating it but it’s one of
the first things that I cut out of my diet but the truth of the matter is
that’s not the case for most people most people are gonna continue consuming
those things if they’re affordable if it tastes good and they don’t always think
about things like their own health the health of the oceans and all those other
things and so we can either complain about that and get upset with people for
not changing their minds and working more towards these ethical goals and
everything like that or we can accept reality the way it is and as you know I
prefer to live in the real world not in a fantasy world and even if it seems
better for people to change their minds due to ethical reasons I would rather
that they make those changes period regardless of why. Enter New Wave Foods. I am super excited about this company I’ve spoken with you guys a lot
in recent months about other companies that are changing the world when it
comes to things like alternatives to meat and dairy and eggs and cheese
there’s so many companies doing wonderful things but seafood has been
one of the last to be affected and that’s because creating the the texture
and taste of seafood is a bit more challenging but it looks like this
company new wave foods is making great inroads in this area they’ve been
working on this problem for several years they decided to go after shrimp
first because all those shrimp represents a small portion of the
seafood market and Americans do eat a lot of shrimp it’s not that this is a
tiny issue by any means but out of the 140 billion dollar market they probably
are about 10 billion or so spent on shrimp but the fact is that even though
it’s a small portion of the overall seafood market it’s a very large portion
of bycatch so when people are going after wild-caught shrimp they catch a
lot of things with that shrimp and shrimp is actually responsible for one
third of the global bycatch so those are animals and some of them could be a
danger they could be all sorts of different creatures being caught up in
these nets and this is a huge problem and if something that’s rather difficult
to address unless you start looking into different options that’s why what New
Wave Foods is doing is doing is so exciting it’s very interesting that they
are taking on this problem and if they can do this successfully it could
represent a tremendous change in the seafood industry new wave foods will be
going on the market in California and some other states in early 2018 and they
were hoping to explain further during the coming years I’m really excited
about this company and I’m excited about their products because I think it’s
always important to innovate one of the beautiful things about chemistry is that
we can produce kind of like how when you bake when you bake foods you can only do
almost anything with baking you can produce chocolate chip cookies you can
do all sorts of things you given to make all sorts of flavors and textures and
with chemistry we can do a lot of these things with foods as well once we have
basically basic building blocks like the algae proteins and things like that that
they’re using to create the seafood we can make other things and it’s just a
matter of experimentation of deciding how we will create those flavors and
textures and we can produce healthy food that is much better for us for the
environment for the planet than anything else and it can also be a lot more
affordable the basic building blocks for new wave foods shrimp are pea protein and
algae and those are things that are found in plentiful supply in nature
they’re easy to grow easy to produce they don’t contain cholesterol they
don’t contain saturated fat and high quantities they’re very healthy foods
high in protein and everything like that with the algae oil you can even start
getting into omega-3s and great stuff like that and
a really great alternative for people many people are allergic to the proteins
that are found in shrimp, so something like this is an allergen free
alternative as well so if you used to like the flavor of shrimp and you’ve
developed an allergy this will be a perfect product for you likewise if you
have high cholesterol and you have to avoid seafood for that reason again this
would be a great product I’m really excited about New Wave foods so excited
about what they’re doing and always excited about the future
food but what do you guys think is this something that interests you would you
try it I know I certainly would I do love shrimp
I miss shrimp and I look forward to eating shrimp without causing harm to
any animals so I would love to do this so I really hope that it comes to Canada
soon let me know what you think in the comment section below and if you enjoyed
this video please be sure and give it a like and share and subscribe thank you
so much for watching. Take care, bye!

19 thoughts on “New Wave Foods’ Vegan Shrimp & The Future of Seafood

  1. I think raw unseasoned shrimp probably taste horrible. It's about texture and seasoning, Personally I would get fake shrimp to rewire my taste buds and forget I ever had the real thing.

  2. When you were talking about slavery in the seafood industry, I thought of the documentary series “Ocean Warriors”. One man on a ship said he was supposed to go to work for a few weeks (if I’m remembering correctly) and he hadn’t been back to land for over a year (I think) and hadn’t been paid anything.
    A different ship comes to pick-up the catch, and the ship he’s on never goes to land.
    He has a wife and kid if I’m remembering correctly.
    I wonder if he ever got off of that ship

  3. yay! MV vids are an integral part of my saturday AM ritual. I always just kinda feel better about the future of the world as well. K, enough pandering 🙂 really excited about any products like New Wave's offerings. I think even the omnivores are getting a clearer picture of the precarious state of seafood worldwide.

  4. My family have been eating the vegan shrimp made of konjac (same plant that makes up the low-cal chewy Shirataki noodles) bought from Asian grocery stores. The taste and texture is very close to shrimp, our non-vegan family and their kids enjoyed it very much as well. I’m excited to learn that there will be a pea protein based one. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. I love vegan shrimp! They serve it in some Asian vegan restaurants in Toronto, and I bought a bunch from a company that had a booth at the Toronto Veg Fest this summer. I wish I remembered the company name…. shoot. But they did such a great job. Actually, the first time I had vegan shrimp was at Padmanadi in Edmonton (might be your neck of the woods?). I was there with my VERY non-vegan Mom and she loved it.

  6. I heard about this a few weeks ago and I'm so excited! I was never a big sea animal eater… in fact, I don't think I ever ate shrimp. The idea of it always creeped me out. But I'm very excited about the positive implications of others switching to plant-based and lab grown meats!

  7. With an unspecified shellfish allergy (I had a couple of terrible reactions from scallops and some oyster products,) I just avoided the whole category rather than risking anaphylaxis. Being vegan solved that risk, but I am always happy to hear about new vegan protein options, just because variety is fun. Thanks for sharing!

  8. i bet past sea food lovers think it is a great idea. I never really liked sea food so I will likely stay away regardless. But we have a lot of carnivores to convert so anything we can do to help them replace their meals with humane ones is a win!

  9. Before going vegan I used to love seafood especially shellfish. So I'm looking forward to the new alternatives out there.

  10. I haven't tried any Vegan seafood yet, but I was never a big seafood eater. But I definitely would love to try this since I used to eat shrimp! I had to share this with a friend who was planning on going Pescetarian in the new year, but has been recently wondering about all the plastic found in seafood. Along with plastic, there are issues of cholesterol, mercury, and bycatch (she loves orcas), so it would be great to have more seafood alternatives!! Do you have any other recommendations or advice for me on how to continue to encourage my friend to keep striving towards a more compassionate lifestyle despite issues like these?

  11. It honestly breaks my heart to see how the oceans look like 🙁 I love swimming and going to the beach and that whole dirt / plastic is disgusting. We need to take action!

  12. I have never been a fan of the taste of sea animals. However, it could be good for those that miss that taste and texture.

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