A First For The EU Commission

Grind for July 21st
“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”
– George Bernard Shaw

A Narrow Victory

The Headline

Ursula von der Leyen becomes first female to lead EU Commission

The Grind

In a secret ballot held Tuesday, MEPs voted 383-327 to elect Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission President.

“I feel so honored…I thank you for the trust you placed in me,” said Von der Leyen after the vote. “The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe…your confidence in a Europe that is ready to fight for the future rather than fighting against each other.”

The EU Commission is responsible for enforcing EU rules, drafting EU laws, and, when necessary, imposing fines on member states.

The Details

Ursula von der Leyen, 60, is a German conservative who worked as a gynecologist before entering politics in the late 1990s. She has served as Germany’s Defense Minister since 2013 and is the only minister to remain with Angela Merkel throughout her entire chancellorship.

“Even if I lose a long-standing minister today, I win a new partner in Brussels,” said Merkel. “I am therefore looking forward to good co-operation.”

Von der Leyen’s priorities as head of the EU Commission include: tackling poverty, standing up for women’s rights, and boosting border patrol forces throughout Europe.

Her term as EU Commission President begins November 1st.


The Headline

Bay Area startup introduces “flora-based” ice cream

The Grind

In 2014, food tech company Perfect Day discovered a way to create casein (the main protein found in cow milk) without using a cow.

The technique, which utilizes yeast and other microorganisms, preserves the taste we love without the environmental downsides.

The Details

Perfect Day is starting with a limited batch of “flora-based” ice cream, available for $20 on its website, as it seeks to educate people about its processes.

“We need to start building value around this third category,” says Perfect Day co-founder Perumal Ghandi, who understands that consumers will be confused by a label that includes dairy but claims not to use animals.

Instead of pushing food under its own label, Perfect Day hopes to license its technology to existing dairy companies that want to be more environmentally friendly.

Perfect Day is already working with food processing company Archer Daniels Midland to get its yeast-based milk protein into the market.

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