Food from thin air

Enjoying Solein ice cream in Singapore Credit: Solar Foods

In a 1973 film, the world could not feed itself and relied on a processed food company which introduced Soylent Green, now from Finland comes Solein ice cream.

Partially funded by the European Union as part of the European Commission’s Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI), Solar Foods has just opened a state of the art factory outside of Helsinki.

Reducing greenhouse gas

With animal agriculture being blamed for the excess of greenhouse gas that is currently claimed to be a major reason for climate change, Solar Foods believe they can help the planet.

Rather than genetically modify any type of food, they create a protein powder out of cells using air and electricity combined with several different elements taken from the air.

Milk and egg substitute

This protein is, according to Solar Foods, an ideal milk and egg substitute and could be the start of reducing our reliance on cows and chickens.

So far, Singapore has approved the use of the protein in food manufacture and first trials are taking place with the production of a chocolate flavoured ice cream.

The next step for this company is to obtain recognition that this is an acceptable product in the European Union and the USA and once received will allow the company to expand its production even further.

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    • Brian

      24 May 2024 • 14:59

      But will there be health issues or even health benefits caused by the process?

    • Olivia

      24 May 2024 • 16:16

      “Soylent Green is people” 🙂

    • CCW60

      24 May 2024 • 23:00

      The idea that cows are causing global warming and we all need to eat soylent green fake foods to save the planet is utter nonsense. But IF government can gain complete control of the food supply by putting farmers and ranchers out of business, and helping fund companies like this…under the guise of saving the planet, they will easily be able to control populations everywhere. I would remind people in the movie Soylent Green, the protein came from human flesh and the ‘food’ was rationed by government. Many people were starving and willing to attack or kill others for more. People went completely mad. Best to stick with real foods God intended us to eat. I for one will never support or buy fake foods from companies like this wanting us to eat lab created foods, or insects!

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