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  • Writer's pictureRafaela Sousa

Foremost Farms USA and Ginkgo Bioworks partner to cut dairy carbon footprint

Foremost Farms USA and Ginkgo Bioworks have teamed up to reduce the dairy industry’s carbon footprint.


The collaboration seeks to leverage biotechnological advancements for domestic, sustainable biomanufacturing of materials derived from dairy co-products, with the aim of benefitting the environment, family farms and the dairy industry.


Through the partnership, Foremost Farms will use Ginkgo’s bioproduction services to create and commercialise a new technology designed to upcycle billions of pounds of dairy co-products annually.


Ginkgo’s metabolic engineering and analytical capabilities will allow strain optimisation for challenging environmental conditions while avoiding common toxicity issues.


Greg Schlafer, president and CEO of Foremost Farms, said: “We’re excited to partner with Ginkgo Bioworks, which can uniquely help Foremost Farms realise its goals. Ginkgo’s platform gives us access to everything we need to move from concept to commercialisation faster, providing a competitive advantage.”


He continued: “We are innovating to continue our trajectory as environmental stewards that take care of our world and create value for dairy farm families by potentially lowering manufacturing costs and creating a significant new revenue stream for those farmers”.


Declan Roche, chief commercial officer at Foremost Farms, added: “We’re in a unique position to leverage Ginkgo’s expertise because their flexible R&D service offerings allow us to creatively approach this significant opportunity in our value chain. With Ginkgo, we are able to pursue this exciting opportunity while minimising our internal R&D fixed costs and allowing our team to remain focused on our core business.”


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