Air Protein™, the Bay-Area based company pioneering a new consumer category – air-based foods – today announced the creation of the first air-based meat created from elements found in air. The company says it is “establishing a new industry of sustainable food that solves growing global food demands without the need for arable land.”
This meat made with air-based protein is produced without the traditional land, water and weather requirements. This marks the first time in history air-based meat has been created. By transforming elements of the air we breathe into protein, this will revolutionize how we approach food production in the future. The process to create this new form of protein uses elements found in the air and is combined with water and mineral nutrients. It uses renewable energy and a probiotic production process to convert the elements into a nutrient-rich protein with the same amino acid profile as an animal protein and packed with crucial B vitamins, which are often deficient in a vegan diet.
The United Nation Food and Agricultural Foundation (FAO) predicts farmers will need to increase food production by 70% with only 5% land increase to meet the expected growing population of ten billion people by 2050. The technology to produce the protein found in air-based meat allows for protein to be made in a matter of days instead of months, and independently of weather conditions or seasons. The process is similar to making yogurt or beer and requires just a tiny fraction of the land used in traditional meat production.
Air Protein CEO, Dr. Lisa Dyson, says: “The world is embracing plant-based meat and we believe air-based meat is the next evolution of the sustainably-produced food movement that will serve as one of the solutions to feeding a growing population without putting a strain on natural resources.”
Air Protein leverages carbon transformation technology developed by Kiverdi, which was inspired by NASA’s closed loop carbon cycle concepts for long-journey space missions. The protein found in air-based meat is produced using natural processes, and made completely free of any use of pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics.