Researchers from Finland recently stated that they were capable of creating food with the help of air and its components like Carbon Monoxide, electricity and a number of microbes.
This study was started as a way of avoiding hunger in the future because this fact is becoming increasingly worrying. More than 160 million children suffer from malnutrition and close to one billion people from around the world are as well affected by this phenomenon. Therefore, this study is the first among many that are meant to counterattack hunger and malnutrition.
The study was conducted by the Lappeenranta University of Technology in collaboration with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The result of the study was more than promising: the scientists were able to create a single-cell protein that is the fundament that will lead to producing ulterior kinds of foods.
The Principal Scientist from the VTT, Juha-Pekka Pitkanen, stated that the greatest advantage to this recent discovery is that food can be produced anywhere just using renewable energy as material and the technology can also be easily transported to areas that are facing famine. The batch of single-cell protein was created in the form of powder which consisted of 50% protein and 25% carbohydrates; the rest of the composition was nucleic acid and fat.
This strategy of creating the protein does not work in the same favorable conditions of agriculture like the humidity or pest-control chemicals that influence the environment. Scientists consider that it is significantly more efficient that the photosynthesis of plants and it’s also less pricey.
At the moment, the researchers work around two weeks in order to produce one gram of this kind of protein, but their plans are promising and impressive, intending to extend the production and developing their technology as well. The main idea is to create a sustainable and reliable technology that will solve the threat of famine and malnourishment.