Menlo Park, CA –June 5, 2017– Calysta, Inc. today announced a pledge supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” The Calysta pledge was made in conjunction with the UN’s Ocean Conference June 5-9 in New York City, and will be published in the Registry of Voluntary Commitments on the conference website. The Ocean Conference coincides with World Oceans Day on June 8.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 90% of marine fish stock species today are either fully or over-fished. Through the fermentation of a natural, non-sugar based feedstock, Calysta produces FeedKind® protein, a sustainable, traceable, and natural feed ingredient which does not rely on wild fish catch.
“Calysta is committed to advancing technology to promote sustainable aquaculture,” said Josh Silverman, Ph.D., Calysta Founder and Chief Product and Innovation Officer. “Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world, and this growth is generating demand for new, innovative protein sources. FeedKind protein, developed using Calysta’s proprietary fermentation technology, can address this need while contributing to the restoration of ocean fish stocks and mitigation of damaging conventional fishing practices.”
“Calysta also supports the FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative, with specific emphasis on using scientific knowledge, research and development capacity, and market-based initiatives to drive an increase in sustainable aquaculture practices by 2020,” said Lynsey Wenger, Calysta’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer.
As part of the conference, the UN has invited outside organizations to submit voluntary commitments in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Adopted in 2015, SDG 14 is part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to create “a comprehensive, far-reaching and people centered set of universal and transformative Sustainable Development Goals focused on eradicating poverty.”
Calysta is developing and manufacturing FeedKind protein, a family of natural, sustainable, and traceable feed ingredients for fish, livestock and pets that is being developed to help meet the world’s growing demand for food. It is a safe, non-animal source of protein approved for sale, and has been shown to use 77-98% less water than alternative ingredients such as soy or wheat proteins.
Samples are currently being produced for global customers and partners in markets including the European Union, the United States, Japan, Southeast Asia, China, and Australia. A market introduction facility producing sample quantities is located in Teesside, United Kingdom, and the company has recently broken ground with its partner, Cargill, on a commercial scale manufacturing plant in Memphis, TN.
Calysta, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, is an innovator in sustainable products to improve worldwide food security. Calysta develops and commercializes FeedKind protein, an alternative feed ingredient for fish, livestock and pet nutritional products.