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Can This Tiny Midwestern Startup Become the Beyond Meat of Leather?

Fashion designers, environmentalists, and car companies are desperate for someone to invent animal-free leather. This Peoria, Illinois upstart thinks it can.

InIn September, Luke Haverhals, a 41-year-old former chemistry professor from Peoria…




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