15 Feb '12, 12pm

Algae whiz: Growing protein with fewer resources

Algae whiz: Growing protein with fewer resources

Protein is directly tied to resource intensity. Vegetarians choose a meatless path to cut down on the vast quantities of land, water, nitrogen, and pesticides required to produce most livestock feed. And many meat eaters are thinking strategically about the greenest sources of animal protein. But what if animals didn’t require pound upon pound of industrially grown corn or soybeans to grow? One solution might be algae. That’s right — pond scum has promising potential as a source of animal feed, as well as human feed and fuel. “Algae is really the premiere sustainable source of raw materials for food and feed,” said Jim Astwood, vice president of product management for Aurora Algae, a company that’s been cultivating the plant in the desert of western Australia to explore its commercial possibilities. “The water and land footprint is small compared to traditional agriculture...

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