The grand prize winner of the 2019 The Liveability Challenge is Unlocking macro-nutrients at the micro-level!
Food Grade Protein from microalgae is relatively a new and unheard of opportunity in alternative protein. The key challenges include, 1. to grow the protein at a cost low enough, and 2. to extract the protein to the purity that you can make it into plant milk and plant meat. Sophie's Bionutrients can do all that.
Sophie's Bioutrients is developing a new sustainable plant-based protein out of microalgae.
The company has a proprietary strain of microalgae which can grow in a fermentation tank, be fed on various food waste, and could be harvested in just 3 days. Their microalgae has 60% of protein which has high quality essential amino acids profile, exceeding WHO requirements for protein products.
This can be a sustainable food source due to:
- Not much land mass is needed, and you can do it indoor (No deforestation);
- 90%+ of the water can be recycled. Very little water is used;
- Production cycle is fast, only 3-10 days, versus 45-65 days for soy, 1.5 year for beef;
- The whole system can be setup near metropolitan area to cut down the needs for agriculture and transportation, addressing the "food security" and "supply chain disruption" issues facing the world today;
- Their microalgae are fed with industrial food waste like spent grains, okara, and molasses. This is for circular economy and reduced cost;
- More importantly, NO fertilizer, herbicide, antibiotic, or even growth hormone for the whole process. Truly healthy to the environment and human body.
- Alternative protein
- Microbe fermentation