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Algae Protein

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updatedDec 21, 2021
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Algae used as a protein source, containing a controlled quantity of calories and nutrients designed to substitute traditional food meals.
Algae used as a protein source, containing a controlled quantity of calories and nutrients designed to substitute traditional food meals.

Algae are the fastest growing plant organisms in nature and are a great alternative source of vitamins, proteins, and minerals. Algae have a lot of potential as a scalable food source, as they grow anywhere —often in vertical fermentation tanks— without using large amounts of land or water. In current experiments, lab-grown algal-based food shows no negative impact on the environment nor residual waste discharged into the ecosystem.

In the mid-term, algae can be used as a nutrient-boosting ingredient, while in the future, there could be meals entirely based on algae. However, currently, algae production does not offer the traceability that is critical in widespread consumer use and acceptance. Still, as technology evolves and provides tastier solutions, these products could be in supermarkets in the form of drinks, healthy shakes, or even snacks.

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