New shrimp protein made from natural gas
Alternative protein producer Calysta has joined forces with seafood company Thai Union Group PCL to offer the world its first taste of commercially farmed shrimp fed with protein produced from natural gas.
July 5, 2019 By Hatchery International Staff
FeedKind contains a unique carbon signature that can help the food industry provide traceability and integrity to its supply chain. As a sustainable alternative protein, FeedKind also enables shrimp farmers to increase their output to meet growing global demand without putting extra pressure on the planet’s resources, replacing fishmeal from wild fish specifically caught for protein in shrimp feed.
“By introducing a sustainable alternative protein that allows us to determine whether a shrimp was fed FeedKind protein with a simple test, FeedKind offers the industry a new level of transparency,” said Alan Shaw, president and CEO of Calysta.
“Aquaculture is key to providing a sustainable form of protein for the growing global population,” said Darian McBain, global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union. “Ensuring that the feed inputs to aquaculture are sustainable, as well as the production methods, is vital.
“By working with FeedKind, we are able to offer shrimp that have been grown using feed that has completely replaced the fish caught for fishmeal in the feed with an innovative alternative protein. The fact that the protein has a unique carbon signature that helps provide traceability and reduce seafood fraud are other significant benefits.”
Calysta’s FeedKind is made via a patented natural-gas fermentation platform. Made using very little land and water by fermenting natural gas, an abundant source of energy, it is a safe, nutritious, traceable and price competitive protein which has been commercially validated through extensive trials.
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