aleph farm's cultivated meat

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Chief Rabbi of Israel Rules Aleph Farms’ Cultivated Steak as Kosher

Cultivated meat company Aleph Farms announces that Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi David Baruch Lau, has ruled its cultivated steak to be kosher, meaning it is permitted for consumption by Jews under religious law. According to the food tech, this is the first time such an authority in Judaism has decided on cultivated meat. Aleph Farms, which focuses on growing steaks directly from non-genetically engineered animal cells, says it is still working with local rabbinic authorities to receive kosher certification for its Rehovot-based production facility. Intersection of tradition and innovation Didier Toubia, Aleph Farms’ Co-Founder and CEO, said: “This ruling is meaningful not only for Aleph Farms as a company but also for the entire cultivated meat industry. It sets a foundation for an inclusive public discourse about …


Jajaja Mexicana Tacos

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Popular NYC Vegan Mexican Chain Jajaja Now Kosher Certified

 Jajaja Mexicana, an NYC mini-chain specializing in plant-based Mexican food, has become the latest restaurant in the city to earn kosher certification from the International Kosher Council.  All four of Jajaja’s restaurants, located in the Lower East Side, West Village, Hudson Yards and Williamsburg, join a handful of other Kosher-approved vegan restaurants in the city. Pronounced “ha-ha-ha”, the restaurant first opened in 2017 to enthusiastic reviews, leading to a swift expansion to additional locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Jajaja is famed for its Mexican fusion cuisine that crafts innovative street tacos, burritos, nachos and bowls using traditional regional ingredients such as chayote squash, fermented beans and chilis.  A vibrant Mexican menu The chain’s most popular items include coconut-based queso cheese, Enchiladas Mole with shredded hearts …


Ginger Sesame and Greek Gyro by VG Gourmet

Ginger Sesame and Greek Gyro (© VG Gourmet)

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Canada: Kosher Vegan Burger Company Secures $100K from Canadian Government

VG Gourmet, a kosher Montreal based company launched in 2015, is now able to expand due to an injection of finance from the Canadian federal government. Canada is rated by Google trends as the 5th to the top of the worlds’ most vegan-friendly countries according to Plant-Based News, and is also a major player in the global explosion of plant-based foods.