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The winner of The Liveability Challenge 2020, cell-based milk producer TurtleTree Labs. Left-to-right: Max Rye and Fengru Lin of TurtleTree Labs, and Lim Hock Chuan, CEO, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was held virtually this year. Image: Eco-Business An alternative to milk produced by cows has won the 2020 edition of The Liveability Challenge, an annual search for solutions to some of the biggest problems Southeast Asia’s cities face, organised by Eco-Business. The innovative lab-grown milk concept, developed by Singapore-based biotechnology company TurtleTree Labs, emerged the winner in a field of six finalists from a field of more than 400 entries from 60 countries. The company’s cell-based milk avoids the climate impact and animal welfare issues the $700 billion industrial dairy industry is associated with. TurtleTree Labs will receive up to S$1 million (US$734,000) in funding for their project from the backer of The Liveability Challenge, Temasek Foundation, the philanthropic arm of government investment company Temasek. Christina Lee, founder and CEO of sustainability consultancy Global Green Connect, and one of the judges, commented: “Cell-based products are well suited for an urban setting [like Singapore]. TurtleTree Labs has done a great job of scaling the product […]

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