News By/Courtesy: Gunjan Dayal | 26 Jun 2020 20:36pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • If we want to grow food more efficiently and sustainably to feed our growing population, we need new technology to take us there.
  • Air Protein says its technology can produce protein within a matter of hours and without any arable land being used.
  • he ability to make amino acid-rich proteins in a small space and in a short amount of time could be transformative for the world’s food supply.

Today, making a steak takes about two years — as well as a lot of land and water. And that process of raising a cow to make a steak also emits lots of greenhouse gases, Air Protein's CEO and co-founder Lisa Dyson says. “If we want to grow food more efficiently and sustainably to feed our growing population, we need new technology to take us there,” Dyson says. That's why her company, Air Protein, has developed a method of producing carbon dioxide meat analogs, Dyson says. Based on NASA 's ideas about how to develop food about board long-distance spacecraft, Air Protein says its technology can produce protein within a matter of hours and without any arable land being used. The process of making air-based meat is similar to yogurt making. This begins out in a fermentation vessel with a starter culture. Air Protein combines elements from the air, such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen, with nutrients from water and minerals. Protein is produced using renewable energy and the company's proprietary process. The result is protein-rich in all essential amino acids. Air Protein uses a combination of heat, temperature, and culinary techniques to give the air-based protein the texture and taste of different forms of meat-chicken, pork, or beef. And it happens quickly: it takes months to take crops from seed to harvest to table, and animals may take years to get their meat ready for consumption, but in just a few days, the cycle of Air Protein produces protein. Air Protein’s technology has the potential to make analogs of most types of meat. By harnessing renewable energy and a streamlined supply chain, Dyson says the process has the potential to be cheaper and faster than other alternatives. Both scalable and economical, “it is, we believe, the most resource-efficient way to make protein,” she says. The ability to make amino acid-rich proteins in a small space and in a short amount of time could be transformative for the world’s food supply. For instance, Dyson says an Air Protein farm the size of Walt Disney World can produce the same amount of protein as a traditional protein farm the size of the state of Texas. “This independence from arable land means that food can be made with minimal resources, day or night, rain or shine, and in any climate or any geography,” she says. “This flexibility can make for a more resilient and secure food supply.”

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 26 Jun 2020 21:56pm IST


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