In Episode #218, I’m joined by entrepreneur Arturo Elizondo to discuss the future of egg production.
“There’s just not enough land or water on the planet to satiate [this] kind of appetite for animal protein, and something’s got to give.”
Think real eggs, just made differently.
Ground-breaking changes are happening in our food industry every single day. While animal agriculture continues to grow, there is an increasing field of innovation seeking sustainable, ethical alternatives to the foods most people consume daily. Arturo Elizondo joins me today to pull back the curtain on one such initiative, The EVERY Co., revealing his journey and where this technology will take us.
Arturo Elizondo is an entrepreneur with an unconventional career progression. With a degree from Harvard University in Government and Comparative Politics, he has interned in the White House and studied in Geneva, Switzerland. He realised that to make the change he wished to see in the world he would need to take a different path, leading him to become co-founder and CEO of The EVERY Co. Amongst many other achievements for The EVERY Co., Arturo has recently been named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and offers both a business perspective and insight into animal-free protein.
“In a world this rich, food should be the last thing people are worried about.”
In this episode, we continue The Proof’s investigation into the future of animal-free proteins. Arturo expands on previous episodes, discussing the triumphs and challenges of current technologies in this space, the journey of The EVERY Co., and where the industry is heading. We also discuss food equity and availability, government regulations and funding, environmental considerations, and concerns about genetic modification.
Specifically, we cover:
- Intro [0:00]
- Day in the Life of Arturo [2:19]
- What Inspired a Chickenless Egg [13:10]
- Existing Products with Animal Protein [47:22]
- How precision fermentation works [55:55]
- Environmental Impact [1:14:40]
- Government & Industry Approval [1:18:25]
- Hybrid Products [1:29:04]
- Advice for Entrepreneurs [1:33:33]
- Vision for the Future [1:41:34]
- Outro [1:43:19]
This episode contains valuable information and guidance for not only people interested in these technologies, but for anyone looking for inspiration about their future. Arturo Elizondo’s journey is intriguing and motivating, and anyone looking to pursue their passions will appreciate his perspective.
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More about Arturo Elizondo
Arturo Elizondo was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and is a product of the UISD system. He graduated as the Salutatorian of the United High School class of 2010, and ranked first in the Engineering & Technology Magnet. While at United, Arturo served as President of both the National Honor Society and the League of United Latin American Citizens group, where he made community service a key priority for both organizations.
Arturo went on to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in Government and Comparative Politics in 2014 and went on to study International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland. Determined to pursue a life in the service of others, he served under Congressman Henry Cuellar, interned at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, became a White House intern under President Barack Obama, and then made his way to the United States Supreme Court to serve under the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
Arturo realized he needed to give everything he had to help fight for a better food system. Almost 7 years later, Arturo is the Founder and CEO of The EVERY Co., headquartered in South San Francisco. Under Arturo’s leadership, the company has raised over $230 million dollars in capital, been named one of the 50 Hottest Tech Companies in the World by Crunchbase, has merited the award of the Top 40 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, and is considered one of the 50 NEXT companies to Disrupt the World.
Arturo was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and was recognized as the National Hispanic Institute Person of the Year, and makes it a point to share his experience with others about how we can also make a difference in solving the world’s most pressing problems. Arturo has spoken at conferences as a thought leader on the future of food. Whether in Shanghai, New York, Tokyo, Lima, Bogotá, Johannesburg, London, Arturo has shared the message of how to reimagine our global food system to thousands of people across the world.