Growing Food Out of Thin Air

Globally, farmland is becoming more scarce. That's why this tech company has turned to growing food out of thin air.

The most environmentally friendly food on the planet

How do we combat food scarcity and shrinking lands used for for agricultural? The answer: Growing food out of thin air. Solar Foods has created Solein — a protein powder synthesized from carbon dioxide water renewable electricity in a natural fermentation process. 1 kilogram of Solein only requires 10 liters of water to produce — compared to beef’s 7500 liters per kilo, and it yields 10x more usable protein per acre than soy. Up to ⅓ of the Greenhouse gas emissions from humans is related to land use for food based on a report from the IPCC.

“Currently we use 50 percent of the habitable land for producing food on the planet. If we need to produce 70 percent more meat of the century that cannot happen from that piece of land. we need a fundamentally more efficient food system and disconnection from agriculture is the solution. One quarter of the greenhouse gas footprint do human action is due to what we eat and not has to do with energy direct at all. If you're allowed to have air and electricity carbon dioxide it's just that can you actually turn that to edible calories. And it turns out that there is a way to do it. We don't assume people to eat protein pills or powders only in the future but there are three categories that we want to kind of underscore. One is existing food, so whether it's breads, pastas between meals, drinks, plant based, dairy, you name it. The second category is emerging, which is the plant-based meat alternatives. In the future if we want to produce cultured meat, so real meat cells without animal, when these cells are produced actually these cells eat amino acids when they grow. And we could provide this amino acid cocktail for them to grow so we can actually be in a diverse way part of the menu of the Future Foods,” Pasi Vainikka CEO of Solar Foods tells Brut.

Solein is set to hit the market in 2021. Vainikka hopes that product isn’t just seen as land use efficient, but as something with the potential to replace all protein in people’s diets.


10/02/2019 11:58 AM


  • Dharmanath K.
    12/04/2019 10:56

    Wonderful if this technology is well tested and proved successful

  • En H.
    11/01/2019 02:30

    We already have that. Its called Mcdonald.

  • Réda L.
    10/29/2019 19:42 ??

  • Benjamin A.
    10/28/2019 09:42

    My sugestion is if you could fucos on how to create a new or modern human that comes purely from machine and not from sperm and egg cell that does not need to eat will no longer get sick will not think how to live with war or killing the weak,then presto a new world order!

  • Sébastien W.
    10/28/2019 01:42

    bizarre mais a suivre

  • Noel J.
    10/27/2019 23:27

    Reminiscent of "Soilent Green" the movie of the 70s starring charlton heston, but onyl this time its not humans that are being turned into food.😁😁😁

  • Sankung J.
    10/27/2019 17:46

    صح فهمت

  • Ruby Y.
    10/26/2019 03:15

    Farmland has becoming scarse because nobody wants to farm anymore speaking of land or space there a Ot unused space but farmers dont want to take efforts in vonverting barren land to farm land due to lack of help or initiative from the government in supporting farmers to enrich spaces available which they focus to a more lucrative investments not agriculture.

  • Ann H.
    10/25/2019 20:10

    Wage a media campaign about global warming and blane farmers and their animals.

  • Welchington A.
    10/22/2019 02:18

    Listen I live in the Caribbean and I'm not going to go down this road. I have real vegetables in my garden and real cows and chicken in my back yard.

  • Keens J.
    10/22/2019 00:17

    There is no food scarcity... Food are just wasted.... Thats all.

  • Akram J.
    10/14/2019 22:46

    what theeee !!!!

  • Silaparasetti D.
    10/12/2019 14:24

    Amazing...great findings

  • Stephen N.
    10/10/2019 07:02

    In 1973, a film SOYLENT GREEN, hit the screens. This dystopian action, sci-fi film refers to planktons made from the sea. This film touched on the production of protein from soya and planktons, and not the usual production of proteins from, say, cows. Similar concept, like what this futuristic company is trying to do. Interesting !!

  • Jaka O.
    10/08/2019 15:09

    Was this the MANA that fed Moses and the Israelites in the desert?

  • Bob H.
    10/08/2019 11:06

    Sounds like soylent green.

  • Amarasiri E.
    10/08/2019 10:15

    Amazing...great findings..

  • Saqeba A.
    10/08/2019 05:11


  • Patricia H.
    10/07/2019 20:42

    No thanks

  • Ewa M.
    10/04/2019 17:51

    Here we go again... sorry...Imma keep growing my own. Not inna no Frankenstein food.

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