“Algae Proteins” was presented at the 2015 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar by Matthew Carr, Ph.D., Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization.
Abstract: The emergence of algae as a viable source of proteins has garnered much attention in media and the food ingredient community. Heralded as sustainable and a representative of the future of food production, algal proteins have also been challenged by rumors on supply reliability. A “State of the (Algal Protein) Industry” was given with a look at its stage of development including expected volumes, leading producers, economic factors, typical protein properties and future trends in this “food of the future.”
Excerpt from the written summary of this presentation: Algae have picked up a great deal of commercial momentum in recent years. There are over 50,000 species—from microscopic organisms to large seaweed—and all are exceptionally fast growing and productive. Crops of some mature in hours or days, instead of months or years. They have some of the lowest carbon, water and arable land footprints of any crop, according to Matt Carr, Ph.D., Executive Director of Algae Biomass Organization, and the Pre-Conference’s “Special Focus” presenter of developments in alga protein commercialization.
The U.S. Department of Energy is leading the “algae charge” in the U.S. In 2009, it invested $100 million in algae biorefinery projects. Every year since, it has spent $25-30 million on research and development of algae-based biofuels.
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