May 19, 2022

Microalgae-based animal feeds could fill protein gap

Why the future of protein production could be green and slimyQuick algae facts : Plant-based superfoodWorld’s top 10 single-cell organism investors

— By Elise Schafer

Algae may be the king of renewable super-plants with myriad potential applications ranging from biofuels, pharmaceuticals and biofertilizer to animal feed and human food.

Algae grow faster than conventional crops and require fewer resources — only a little sun, water and CO2, making it one of the most sustainable raw materials on earth. In fact, 1 kg of algae biomass can store almost 2 kg of CO2while releasing 1.6 kgs of oxygen.

Algae’s sustainable qualities help it stand out as a frontrunner in the alternative protein game. As more restaurants, grocery retailers and food brands implement sustainability initiatives across the supply chain, algae-derived ingredients are poised to gain popularity.

“It doesn’t require arable land, which is a huge advantage over crops,” said Michael McGoldrick, market manager...

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