BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Many countries on Earth are struggling with poverty and hunger, and finding a way to provide food for the entire population of the globe is a real challenge. A recent research claims to have found a solution to this problem. Their discovery requires only a source of electricity and carbon dioxide to create protein.
You only need electricity and carbon dioxide to create the protein
Scientists from VTT Technical Research Center and Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland have found a way to create single-cell protein just by using carbon dioxide and electricity. This only requires a source of light and electricity. Therefore, any place where you can produce energy can also provide you food.
Researchers want to turn this protein into a stable food source for livestock. Apart from this, it can help farmers free those large patches of land they use to grow and store fodder. What they wanted to do was to offer farmers a way to raise livestock without having such a great impact on the environment.
Making a food source for both livestock and people
However, they don’t want to stop here. As time passes, they want to adjust this protein and make it suitable for human consumption as well. The product obtained from electricity is, in fact, quite nutritious, as it contains a mix of proteins with carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and fats.
At the moment, researchers can produce one gram of substance in two weeks. Even so, this process is 10 times more effective photosynthesis. However, they need to find a way to increase both the production speed and its effectiveness, so as the product can become widely used.
Now, the next step in the research is to begin the testing of the product. The final aim is to produce as much of the protein as possible and, as technology advances, make it as affordable as possible. This is a huge discovery which really has the potential to end world hunger.
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