Microbial Conversion & Sustainable Agriculture
Zero Waste Agriculture
Point 3 Biotech Corp. is addressing the future of food through a systemic solution of microbial conversion. Anaerobic digesters take livestock manure and turn it into biomethane and organic fertilizers. Using communities of bacterium, we can convert methane and CO2 into single-cell proteins and other nutrients through fermentation
Point 3 Biotech Corp. is accelerating microbial conversion research in British Columbia by acquiring an Anaerobic Digester Pilot Plant. We have formed a strategic alliance with Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society to operate the Pilot Plant and future research programs. The partnership will bring extensive experience of both teams together with world-class equipment to advance the Biogas industry and provide solutions for:
- Replacing finite natural resources
- Recovering and recycling nutrients
- Improving water recycling (from manure treatment)
- Reducing disposal cost
- Reducing environmental footprints and the impacts of livestock farming
Through microbial conversion and precision agriculture, we can grow and reconstruct all the required nutrients and proteins for animal feeds. These feeds would replace land-based crops such as soybeans that have a significant environmental impact, compared to the minimal impact closed microbial systems.
Our first project has an end goal of post-processing the produced proteins into 3D printed animal feed for a small prawn farm. This project will demonstrate how Point 3 Biotech envisions the future of food in a sustainable manner with minimal environmental impact. After establishing a functioning and scaled methane bio-reactor, the next step will be to explore green chemicals that can be produced through this microbial conversion platform.
Future of Food Education
Something to Consider
The population is expected to be approximately 10 billion by 2050, we are currently at 7 billion people.
How are we going to continue feeding a rapidly growing population and minimize our impact?
Existing food systems are at max capacity and nutrient runoff, pesticides and waste are impacting the environment more than ever. We continue to cut down rain forests for increased soybean/protein-based animal feeds and our ocean fish stocks are on the verge of collapse.
According to the World Resources Institute 2017 report, agriculture and forestry are responsible for 24% of the global CO2 emissions and this will continue to increase. The future of our food needs to address the environmental impact and start turning agricultural waste back into food. Using a bacterium called a Methanotroph we can convert methane back into proteins for aquaculture and animal feed in a closed system with minimal environmental impact.
Methane is 28 times more hazardous to the environment than CO2. Methane continues to increase with animal production and we continue to need more land for animals and feed. One cubic meter of Methanotrophs can displace hundreds of acres of land allowing for the safe production of animal feed on-site and closing the loop on agriculture to make it 100 % sustainable. The applications and implications going forward are promising.