Company produces meat from ‘elements found in the air’
The process is said to use renewable energy and a probiotic production process to convert the elements into a nutrient-rich protein with the same amino acid profile as an animal protein.
Air Protein, the California-based company, has announced the creation of the ‘first air-based meat’ created from elements found in the air.
The process of creating protein from elements found in the air is combined with water and mineral nutrients, with the end result allegedly producing ‘meat.’ It is said to use renewable energy and a probiotic production process to convert the elements into a nutrient-rich protein with the same amino acid profile as an animal protein, and contains crucial B vitamins, which are said to often be deficient in a vegan diet.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicts farmers will need to increase food production by 70 percent with only five percent land increase to meet the expected growing population of 10 billion people by 2050. The Air Protein technology can allegedly produce the protein in a matter of days instead of months, regardless of weather conditions or seasons.
“The statistics are clear. Our current resources are under extreme strain as evidenced by the burning Amazon due to deforestation and steadily increasing droughts. We need to produce more food with a reduced dependency on land and water resources. Air-based meat addresses these resource issues and more,” said Air Protein CEO, Dr. Lisa Dyson. “The world is embracing plant-based meat and we believe air-based meat is the next evolution of the sustainably-produced food movement that will serve as one of the solutions to feeding a growing population without putting a strain on natural resources.”
Air Protein uses carbon transformation technology developed by Kiverdi, which was inspired by NASA’s closed loop carbon cycle concepts for long-journey space missions. The protein found in air-based meat is produced using natural processes, and is said to be made completely free of any use of pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics.