Humans may consume 50% more protein than they currently do, due to population growth, according to the United Nations. To meet the growing human demand for protein, livestock production has increased four to fivefold, and 45% of the world's 14 million square kilometers of agricultural land is used for livestock feed. Combined with factors such as climate change, future protein food production will face challenges.
Facing the impact of population growth and climate change, the agriculture industry requires the production of vegetable protein, and food increasingly requires vegetable protein as an alternative raw material for animals. A new field of algae that is rapidly emerging in alternative protein systems is fibrous and vegetative, and these plants do not have disease resistance properties such as those present and will continue to be expected for the European market.
By 2030, the animal protein intake globally will be reduced by 50%, and the reduced animal protein shall be replaced by vegetable protein, hence algae protein is one of the important alternatives.
MISSPEP Algae Protein as a Clean Protein Energy, a Brand New Alternative Protein Choice
MISSPEP team believes that in order to meet future challenges, the farming methods of protein need to be innovative, and proposed a plan to use algae protein to enhance food nutrition. The company's technology can cultivate microalgae and macroalgae as commercial crops on a large scale from water and land. By producing protein-rich health products and foods from algae, or adding algae protein to noodles, biscuits and other foods, in order to increase the supply of protein food.
Since algae protein is not affected by seasons or climate differences, nor does it occupy land farming resources, it can greatly reduce costs and is a subversive innovation in the field of protein extraction with large output.
Algae protein can increase the content of vegetable protein and trace elements such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc in food, and can supplement these nutrients lacking in vegetarian diets. MISSPEP's algae protein extraction technology can meet consumers’ demand for vegetarians, especially when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids. The global market for omega-3 fatty acids is currently valued at $28 billion, however, MISSPEP believes it will grow to $50 billion within the next five years. In addition, marine algae is rich in pigment substances (such as carotene, chlorophyll and phycobiliprotein), polyphenols (such as catechin, flavanol and phloroglucinol), etc., which have many health benefits to consumers.
Marine algae also provide plant protein with a balanced amino acid profile. Algae is an important part of the earth's ecosystem. Marine microalgae and macroalgae are the basis of the ocean food web by utilizing the sun's energy to absorb carbon dioxide, producing 50% of the oxygen on the earth.
In fact, algae grow faster and produce significantly higher annual protein yields per hectare than terrestrial crops such as beans and wheat. The cultivation of seaweed does not need to occupy freshwater resources or cultivated land, and does not compete with existing conventional crops, thereby retaining the resources required by conventional food crops.