Food from Air: Here is what you need to know

Scientists are making food from air. You read that right: thin air.

This breakthrough came recently thanks to Solar Food which is a firm based in Finland. The scientists at the firm were able to produce protein from thin air which and notes that it could compete with soy one day.


Currently named Solein, the protein flour apparently has a neutral taste. This was purposefully done by the makers as they want it to be a neutral additive to all the food items out there.

If you are wondering how it is made, here goes: Solein is made by feeding hydrogen, carbon dioxide and some minerals to bacteria which then produce the protein.

Pasi Vainikka, CEO of the firm notes that the idea was originally developed by space industry back in the 1960s. He also noted that he is aiming to open a full-fledged factory to produce the protein flour by 2025.

“We are doing pretty well so far. Once we scale the factory from the first one by adding reactors (to ferment protein) and take into account the amazing improvements in other clean technologies like wind and solar power, we think we can compete with soya possibly as early as 2025,” he noted.

It would be interesting to see how the whole food from air idea is going to pick up steam over the coming years.

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