Beijing time on November 20, the news, we eat meat first from animals, and then somepeople try to develop plant meat, but the air can also make meat? It sounds more like a magic trick. However, a company in California claims that it can use “proteins in the air” to make alternative meats.
“Air-based chicken” with green asparagus and small tomatoes. An American company claims they can make meat with “protein in the air”
The Berkeley, California-based start-up is called Air Protein. According to a statement from the company, they have developed “air-based” meat, which uses elements in the air to produce meat. Is it really possible to make “meat” from the air? Yes, but it requires the help of special microorganisms.
Specifically, Air Protein uses a class of single-celled microbes called hydrogen-consuming microbes that can eventually convert carbon dioxide into proteins. The company says these microbes, like plants, can convert carbon dioxide into food.
The company said in a statement that the “probiotic production process” combines air components such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen with water and mineral nutrients to create a nutrient-rich protein. Lisa Dyson, chief executive of Air Protein, told the media that the process is similar to making beer or yogurt, but different from fermentation. In fact, the process of brewing beer requires grain, and yogurt is made from milk. It is reported that the protein powder made in this method has no taste, but the food made looks and eats like a familiar food.
It is reported that the protein powder made by this method has no taste, but the food made looks and eats like a familiar food
The idea of air protein was inspired by NASA research in the 1960s. At the time, NASA was looking for ways to produce food for long-term space missions with limited resources, and proposed the concept of a “closed-loop system,” Air Protein said. In this system, microbes can convert the air exhaled from astronauts into food. Experts say the idea of making proteins from the air should be feasible.
Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center, says it’s possible to extract nitrogen and carbon from the air because nitrogen is an important part of the protein and the air contains more than 70 percent of the nitrogen. Proteins are made up of amino acids. Dana Hannity has nothing to do with Air Protein.
She also noted that Air Protein did not elaborate on the production process, but may have used bacteria that hold carbon or nitrogen, “which in some way can generate amino acids using carbon and nitrogen that float in the air.” “
Air Protein believes that air-based proteins are a more sustainable way to feed the planet’s growing population. The company points out that this approach does not require land resources and is not affected by weather conditions. What’s more, their technology can produce protein in a matter of days, much less than it takes to raise livestock or grow crops.
Dana Hannity says the idea behind air proteins “could be good for the environment and human health” if it did, as the company boasted. “As long as we can protect the environment and get more people to eat, I support it,” she said. “
However, Dana Hannity also noted that the company did not discuss the cost of its production process, so it was unclear whether it was really cost-effective. The company also did not mention how much water was used in the production process. Air Protein did not immediately respond to media requests for comment on cost-effectiveness or water use.
Air protein is not the only company that uses air to make protein. A Finnish company called Solar Foods also said it was using a combination of carbon dioxide, water and renewable energy to “make food from thin air,” CNN reported earlier this year. (Any day)