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.
Calysta is creating new pathways to sustainable food. Calysta is achieving this using novel biological processes able to convert readily available, low cost methane into high value products to meet rising global market demand.
New Source of Sustainable Protein
FeedKind® protein can be a sustainable substitute for 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.
Environmental benefits include:
- Low ecological impact – no demand on wild caught fisheries, no agricultural land use, low water consumption and no pesticide or fertilizer use
- No competition with resources needed to produce human food
- Additive to the human food chain
- Captures carbon from waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions
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.
New Technology Broadens Availability
In addition to development of important new products, Calysta technology can also be used to improve utility of current products. Biogas, for example, is produced efficiently from the anaerobic decomposition of biological matter. This process, when industrialized, is known commonly as anaerobic digestion (AD), but also occurs naturally in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, livestock manure, and agriculture such as rice farming. The product is impure, however, and expensive scrubbing and compression is required to upgrade to a usable feedstock for conventional applications such as heating and power.
Given the generally small scale and often remote geographical location of these biological sources, these upgrading processes are seldom cost-effective. Calysta represents a key step in driving the capture and utilization of this gas, as Calysta’s technology enables the low-cost, small scale conversion method without the need for expensive upgrading steps, while simultaneously producing a high-quality, sustainable animal feed component.