VANCOUVER, BC, Canada — CULT Food Science Corp., an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on cellular agriculture that is advancing the development of novel technologies to provide a sustainable, environmental, and ethical solution to the global factory farming and aquaculture crises, is pleased to announce that it made a strategic investment into Compound Foods (“Compound”) on June 3, 2022.
Based in San Francisco, California, Compound is working to produce a cell-based coffee alternative that tastes, smells and looks just like traditional coffee. CULT is aligned with Compound in its quest to increase global food security by providing more stability to the production of key food commodities like coffee.
The coffee industry is worth billions of dollars, but it is known to cause many environmental and ecological problems. It is estimated that for every cup of coffee that is consumed, one square inch of rainforest is destroyed.¹
Chemical buildup in soils and rainforest canopy loss are consequences of mass coffee production, which lead to chemical runoff that pollutes rivers and land, and also cause aquatic wildlife to die and arable land to degrade.¹
With such a negative impact on the environment, the quest for alternative methods of coffee production has begun. Accordingly, Compound and its pursuit of the development of cell-based coffee have emerged to address climate change and ethical coffee farming practices.
Compound was founded in San Francisco in 2020 by Maricel Saenz, who grew up in Costa Rica and is on a mission to find a solution for the negative aspects of coffee production. So far, Ms. Saenz has raised more than $5.3 million and has also been featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 – Social Impact for 2022.²
Compound dedicates itself to reducing water use and carbon emissions, as well as preserving the coffee industry. Not only does coffee production contribute to climate change, but the coffee industry as a whole is also greatly affected by it.³
“CULT’s management team is excited about the Company’s investment in Compound. Similar to CULT, Compound is driven to find solutions to improve our current food situation, while decreasing the environmental impact and daily demands of the global food supply chain,” said Lejjy Gafour, Chief Executive Officer of CULT. “It is essential to our future as humans on Earth to invest and support companies that not only have innovative ideas but also are motivated to make the world a better place, which we believe Compound encompasses fully. The daily coffee ritual in most places around the word is extremely taxing on the planet, which causes wild price fluctuations in the commodity from time to time. At the same time, coffee is culturally important for many people. Compound’s solution is expected to help mitigate commodity fluctuations and help the environment, while still allowing us to enjoy coffee every day,” added Mr. Gafour.
About CULT Food Science
CULT Food Science Corp. is an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on cellular agriculture that is advancing the development of novel technologies to provide a sustainable, environmental, and ethical solution to the global factory farming crisis. The first-of-its-kind in North America, CULT Food Science aims to provide individual investors with unprecedented exposure to the most innovative start-up, private or early-stage cultivated meat, cell-based dairy and other cultured food companies around the world.
¹ “A Bitter Brew-Coffee Production, Deforestation, Soil Erosion and Water Contamination: Ecosystem Degredation”, by Amanda L. Varcho, Ohio State University, Pressbooks, n.d., https://ohiostate.pressbooks.pub/sciencebites/chapter/a-bitter-brew-coffee-production-deforestation-soil-erosion-and-water-contamination/
² “Maricel Saenz”, Forbes, 2022, https://www.forbes.com/profile/maricel-saenz/?list=30under30-social-impact&sh=2b3993141456
³ “Coffee and Climate Have a Complicated Relationship”, by Tatiana Schlossberg, The New York Times, October 31, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/31/business/coffee-climate-change.html