Nowadays, there are many discussions about the food requirement for the growing global populations. In the following is a report from Asaf Tzachor on the topic of having algae as the new alternative for food.
The article has highlighted several key factors, which showing the potential of algae to meet the new challenges:
More than 820 million people in the world do not have enough food to eat, and since 2015 the number of undernourished people in the world has been rising for the first time in decades. Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the way we grow and supply food is under even more pressure. Producers and global supply chains face a unique challenge to adapt to the crisis and still put meals on billions of tables. At the same time, the way we produce food is having a huge impact on the planet.
“Our global food system fails on its most profound premise to provide humanity with healthy and food-secure lives,” says Asaf Tzachor, who leads research on global food security and emerging technologies at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.
To fight global hunger and increase food security, the demand for crops like soybean – widely used as animal feed – is expected to increase 80% by 2050. But producing soy requires large amounts of water and is driving deforestation in South America, leading to more environmental damage. “Alternative food sources and alternative food systems are, therefore, essential to develop and deploy, at scale, if global food security is ever to be realised,” says Tzachor.
The DQS Team is working hard to contribute a small part in this big picture. We believe that the potential of spirulina is yet to be discovered. We are working with our partners on this new endeavor.Original post: BBC-The green sludge that could transform our diets