Group: Soylent Contains High Level Of Lead, Cadmium

A non-profit, environmental group, As You Sow, says that Los Angeles-based food replacement startup Soylent contains high levels of lead and cadmium--and said it plans to file legal action against the company. As You Sow said it has tested samples of Soylent, saying that an independent laboratory found that one serving of Soylent 1.5 can expose a consumer to a concentration of lead that is 12 to 25 times above California's Safe Harbor level for reproductive health, and a concentration of cadmium that is at least 4 times greater than the Safe Harbor level for cadmium. Soylent is venture backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Lerer Ventures, and has a goal of creating a complete replacement for food--allowing you to skip anything resembling a good meal--and instead, downing a drink for all of your nutritional needs.