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How Food Created From Electricity Can Feed The World

By Nicole Caldwell

A new, single-cell protein developed by Finnish scientists requires only four ingredients, is loaded with protein, and could help feed the world. Oh—and you don’t need anything special to grow it: no seeds, no sun, no farmland, and no additional water.

This miraculous, edible product can be grown anywhere and has the capacity to eradicate hunger and malnutrition as it is further developed as food and animal feed. Just take some carbon dioxide, electricity, microbes and water and you’re all set. Here’s how it works.

Food from electricity? Most definitely. 

The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, an initiative launched in August of 2016 that seeks to utilize electric power to create food. Central to the system is a bioreactor of microbes, water, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur and other nutrients that is kick-started by the addition of carbon dioxide and electricity. To get from there to a single-celled protein, scientists simply separate the material, pasteurize and dry it. And while the result isn’t exactly a gourmet dish, it’ll do in a pinch to feed people in need of proper nourishment.