Berkeley's AirProtein Makes "Air-based Meat"

It's allegedly the world's first air-based food.


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A Berkeley-based company has just this week announced its creation of the world's first "air-based meat, created from elements found in the air we breathe."

According to a press release, AirProtein creates its meatless "meat" by leveraging carbon-transformation technology, without the rancher's age-old dependence on arable land or weather — and without pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics. 

"The process to create this new form of protein uses elements found in the air and is combined with water and mineral nutrients. It uses renewable energy and a probiotic production process to convert the elements into a nutrient-rich protein with the same amino acid profile as an animal protein and packed with crucial B vitamins, which are often deficient in a vegan diet," according to the press release. 

As reported at CNet, the product resembles protein powder and is made from carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen, "which are then blended with water and mineral nutrients to create a base. Using renewable energy and a probiotic production process — fermentation — Air Protein converts the elements into an edible product (the powder base) with an amino acid profile similar to that of real meat."

The company recommends using AirProtein in all of "our favorite meat dishes," including "carne asada, bacon, burgers, tacos, and meatballs."

"The statistics are clear," said AirProtein's CEO, Lisa Dyson, who has conducted technical research at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

"Our current resources are under extreme strain as evidenced by the burning Amazon due to deforestation and steadily increasing droughts. We need to produce more food with a reduced dependency on land and water resources. Air-based meat addresses these resource issues and more," Dyson said.

"The world is embracing plant-based meat and we believe air-based meat is the next evolution of the sustainably-produced food movement that will serve as one of the solutions to feeding a growing population without putting a strain on natural resources."

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