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Finnish company makes food from thin air

  • Published at 06:01 pm January 9th, 2020
This September 27, 2019 picture shows foods being displayed at the side dish shop at the Sunamachi Ginza shopping street in Tokyo AFP

The creators claim the result is the purest and most sustainable protein in the world

Meat-free and plant based diets seem to be growing in popularity year on year, but another alternative is gathering momentum.

Food “literally born out of thin air.”

That's the claim from a group of Finnish scientists who say the protein they produce could compete with soya within the decade, BBC reports.

Researchers at Solar Foods, a Finish producer of single cell protein - a meat substitute - claim to have made a protein that can be produced "anywhere" using just "air and electricity."

The creators claim the result is the "purest and most sustainable protein in the world" and could well be the next big competitor in the meat-free market.

Solar Foods' Chief Technology Officer, Dr Juha-Pekka Pitkanen, compares the process of making the protein to that of brewing beer.

In an interview on the laboratory's YouTube page the scientist says: "It is a little bit like brewing beer or producing lactic acid for yogurt.

"We have an organism which grows using CO2 and electricity through hydrogen as the raw material.

"In essence, the organism grows, and then we produce the organism and dry it for the food ingredient purposes."

As well as a price competitor, co-founder of the project Dr Pari Vainikka, says the protein could be a more energy efficient way of producing food.

On their website the food-tech company claims to be "100 times more climate-friendly than meat and 10 times better than plants."

Solar Foods says its production produces "negligible" amounts of CO2 in the production process.

Scientists say the protein is like a "magic trick" and claim the powder "vanishes" into your meal without losing any of its nutritional value.