Sustainability – the new societal and business imperative
Global stakeholders from individual consumers to major corporations have identified sustainability – how global systems, biological or otherwise, endure and remain diverse and productive – as an important criteria in their decision making today and planning for the future.
Identifying sustainable ways to meet the rising global demand for food is a significant challenge for the coming decades. The aquaculture industry is essential to meeting that goal. New approaches including the productivity and sustainability advantages offered by FeedKind® protein provide important tools for that effort.
Calysta is creating new pathways to sustainable feed, using novel biological processes able to convert readily-available natural resources into high value products to meet rising global demand.
New Source of Sustainable Protein
FeedKind protein can be a sustainable substitute for other proteins such as fishmeal and soy protein concentrate, which are currently the primary sources of protein used in commercial aquaculture. FeedKind protein can offer aquaculture feed companies a superior product, contributing to growth of the aquaculture industry with a significantly reduced environmental impact.
FeedKind® protein does not rely on use of wild caught fish, reducing pressure on global fish stocks. In a report from The Carbon Trust, FeedKind protein was shown to use 77-98% less water than alternative ingredients including soy and wheat proteins. It also requires almost no agricultural land to produce, freeing that land for other food crops.
In fact, one commercial scale FeedKind protein plant, if used to replace soy products for fish feed, would free up enough land to feed as many as 250,000 people. The land area represented is equal to an area the size of Chicago, Illinois or Birmingham, England or Seoul, Korea.
New Technology Broadens Availability
In addition to development of important new products, Calysta technology can also be used to improve the value and utility of current products. Biogas, for example, is produced efficiently from the decomposition of biological matter. This process is known commonly as anaerobic digestion (AD), but also occurs naturally in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, livestock manure, and agriculture such as rice farming.
Current processes required to convert these biological feedstocks to useful products are costly and cumbersome. Calysta’s technology enables low-cost, small scale conversion without the need for expensive upgrading steps, while simultaneously producing a high-quality, sustainable feed component.