Gas-based fermentation to produce proteins

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Print date: 18 May 2023 04:05

Description of the innovative solution

Alternative protein Convenient processing Food biodiversity Waste Water availability Behavior change Food environment - personal Consumer choice Nutritious food Capacity building

This innovation proposes to use enzymatic reactions to convert carbon dioxide with microbes and a minimal amount of water, nutrients and electricity, into human-edible proteins. This process is ten times as efficient as photosynthesis, and as the process is done in tanks the land efficiency is roughly 20,000 times greater than arable farming. Proteins are essential for growth and maintenance of good health. However, protein production is currently associated to a high environmental cost. There is urgent need for novel practices that generate high quality protein at low (environmental) cost. This system produces protein powder that can be integrated into meals.

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Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

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Food safety Food availability Climate mitigation Climate adaptation Water use Soil health Reducing biodiversity loss Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action SDG 15: Life on Land


Urban Peri-urban Rural

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