Can we save the planet by learning how to make "food out of thin air"?

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Can we save the planet by learning how to make

from the air, electricity and water can be on our tables in the near future.

The Population of our planet grows steadily, throwing new challenges to the environment and requiring every day more and more food. In order to avert a looming food crisis of the future, scientists are now seriously working on creating unique technologies that make food from renewable energy or . Can such drastic measures to save our planet? Let's try to understand this unusual issue together in this article.

is it Possible to create food from the air?

In one of our , we talked about that very unusual types of food may appear on store shelves in the very near future of mankind. According to information published on the portal , the environmentalist and journalist George Monbiot argues that the creation of food from renewable resources can truly transform modern food production, largely ease the burden of human queries to the environment. Specialist highlights the Finnish company Solar Foods, which have learned to produce food from the air by splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen. Educated in this way, hydrogen becomes an energy source for bacteria, which are able to turn carbon dioxide into rich in protein . According to studies, the efficiency of production “food out of thin air” can be 20 000 times higher than this, because even the smallest plot of land could feed so a huge number of people.

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As you know, one of the main problems that causes the mass extinction of animals on the planet, is the loss of their habitat, directly related to the development of agriculture. In addition, the obtained food by photosynthesis may be much less effective in comparison with food produced with the use of electricity. So if only 0.5 percent of solar energy converted into plants, the transformation of electricity in food products using hydrogen, the scientists get the energy efficiency about 20%.

a Protein that is obtained using only air and electricity

Says Solar Foods, the process of creating food from air is economically feasible and is able to beat the price of soybeans, which is currently recognized as the cheapest protein, widely used for animal feed. However, there is one problem — 99 percent of the hydrogen used by the company are currently produced from fossil fuels that does not lead to the reduction of harmful emissions into the atmosphere of our planet. In other words, the progressive establishment of a food must be accompanied by the use of a large quantity for the production of pure hydrogen, thus undermining efforts to curb climate change.

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Anyway, the use and consumption of ecological food will eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions that, in General, may be the most preferred option in the current environmental situation of the planet.

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