In many western civilizations, food waste is a huge problem contributing to many environmental and financial issues.
For example, if you spend $1000 per month on food and 25-percent of it gets thrown away or goes bad, you’ve wasted $250 that could have been spent elsewhere. Likewise, paying $50 for a meal for two at a restaurant where only 75-percent of the food gets consumed is also wasteful.
But in many countries, including the U.S. and U.K. where food waste is a massive problem, there is also a large number of people who go hungry.
There are many programs in schools and in the private sector who are trying to combat the food waste/hunger issue like putting out sharing tables but scientists in Finland have gone one step further.
A team of Finnish scientists have made food using just electricity and air which is leading many experts to believe what the team discovered could pose a solution to world hunger and eliminate food waste.
The researchers created a batch of “single-cell protein” which has enough nutrition to be served as a meal!
According to the scientists, the process of making the protein only requires electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes.
The food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project which is a collaboration between Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, the principal scientist at VTT, said:
“In the long term, protein created with electricity is meant to be used in cooking and products as it is. The mixture is very nutritious, with more than 50-percent protein and 25-percent carbohydrates.
The rest is fats and nucleic acids. The consistency of the final product can be modified by changing the organisms used in the production.”
However, there’s, unfortunately, a catch.
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