The end of the egg as we know it?

Economy March 03, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Fake eggs made out of resin and other harmful chemicals have been a common fake item created in China that is very scary to most of us.

Artificial eggs made from plants are also cheaper than real eggs, and their promoters claim they are also healthier and more environmentally friendly.

And they get a backup from many famous investors including Bill Gates and now Asia’s richest man Li Ka-Shing and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang have invested US$23 million in a California-based company that produces artificial chicken eggs, Malaysian Chinese daily Sin Chew Daily reported.

The company, Hampton Creek Foods, is producing the artificial eggs using ingredients from 12 types of plants. It was reported that Li had personally tasted the artificial eggs — they were fried — and found that they tasted like “the real stuff”.

He said that the product would meet the needs of a “more efficient, more environmentally-friendly and better quality” food choice with the rise of the global population.

Hampton Creek Foods chief executive officer and founder Josh Tetrick said he did not know who Li was when they first negotiated the business deal until he “Googled” him on the Internet.

Piyasvasti plays it straight

Former energy minister Piyasvasti Amranand is famous for his straightforward nature.

He was probably the first president of Thai Airways International, who in 2009, initiated a voluntary cost-cutting programme, aiming at cutting as much as Bt10 billion in a year in costs. He didn’t budge at employees’ complaints.

Prior to that, when joining the Surayud Chulanont administration as energy minister, he was adamant that the gas price structure must be changed to make it fairer – regardless of an outcry by owners of gas-fuelled cars.

Piyasvasti’s straightforwardness was on show again when he witnessed the “hate speech” in regard to PTT and energy issues. The former minister was mad at the distortion, just to win support for calls to “take back” control of PTT. He vented his displeasure at hooligans who disrupted a scheduled talk on the subject.

At a private discussion last week, where many in the audience were anti-government protesters, he said that those hooligans would hurt the protesters.

On his Facebook page, Piyasvasti shared some pictures of himself at rally sites. He supported their movement but was quite prepared to attack them on this issue.

Among the audience were Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and other party members. When talking about the peril of subsidies, Piyasvasti attacked both Thai Rak Thai and its later versions, as well as the Democrats.

Well, he has been straightforward for 60 years. Why stop now?