Bridging the raw material gap

As the global population continues to grow, there is increasing focus on aquaculture to provide the protein to feed the world. At Skretting, as one of the largest aquaculture feed suppliers in the world, we see that we have an essential role to play. A 30 million tonne projected increase in aquaculture production means there will be a need for an additional 45 million tonnes of raw materials. So where will they come from? In this series, we deepen on some of our ongoing activities in this arena, exploring novel ingredients and some of our most important partnerships.

Part V: Transforming recycled carbon dioxide into protein for aquaculture feed

Viggo HalsethAs highlighted by Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer at Nutreco and head of NuFrontiers during AquaVision earlier this year, NuFrontiers recently kicked off a project with Kiverdi, a company working to convert CO2 into protein for use in aquaculture feed through bacterial bioprocessing.

Kiverdi’s proprietary approach is based upon NASA research that aimed to recycle CO2 produced during space travel. Kiverdi’s non-GMO microbes offer a new way to extend the aquaculture feed ingredient supply chain, with many potential commercial and environmental benefits. These include greenhouse gas reduction, GMO avoidance, and price stability for Skretting customers.

If successful, production could be operational in 4 years. “This is an ambitious long-term project, involving significant risk. In order to keep running, we need to meet certain milestones,” says Halseth.

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