Generator’ Turns Plastic Trash Into Edible Protein, scientists in the United States have won one million euros ($ 1.18 million) for creating a concept of a food generator that converts plastic into protein.
The Future Insights 2021 award went to Ting Luke, associate professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for their project. It uses germs to reduce plastic waste and turn it into food.
Generator’ Turns Plastic Trash Into Edible ProteinThe German science and technology company Mark is sponsoring the award. Global plastic production in 2012 was 388 million metric tonnes. The only drop in the past 10 years is due to the COVID-19 outbreak halting production of products around the world as factories expand and shipments decline.
Plastic has become an edible protein
Japan alone produces around 10 million tonnes of plastic each year, three quarters of which are thrown away in 12 months. A new discovery could use sprouts to make all of them food.
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At least 6 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the world’s oceans each year, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“This year’s Future Insights Award winners have created revolutionary technology with the potential to create a safe and sustainable food source while minimizing the environmental damage associated with plastic waste and sustainable traditional farming methods,” said Belen Garrizo, CEO of Mark. And chairman of the board
“We congratulate Ting Lu and Stephen Tektman for their engaged research and hope that future Insight Rewards will help accelerate their efforts,” he said.
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Global plastic production in 2019 was 368 million tonnes. Only the COVID-19 epidemic was able to reduce it.
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These two scientists, who called their project “generators” as food, focused on finding an efficient, economical and versatile technology that would find use for end-of-life plastics and otherwise end up on earth or in the fields. oceans.
According to Mark, the resulting foods “contain all the necessary nutrients, are non-toxic, offer health benefits and allow for additional personalization needs.”
Scientists have learned to absorb artificially altered germs by genetically programming the waste to convert it into food.
Professor Ting Lu – Plastic Protein
Ting Lu, professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shared the Future Insights Award 2021 with Stephen Tektman, associate professor of biology at Michigan Technological University, for his plastic waste conversion strategy in edible protein.
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Lu calls it “synthetic microbial biology”. He said the “altered genetic circuit” could lead to a broader biotechnology solution to global problems in the future.
“Environmental microbes are capable of expanding a variety of chemical reactions, most of which can have industrial applications,” Techman said. “My lab is studying how complex microbial communities can work together to perform tasks of industrial interest.”
The two scientists say their joint research will help them “absorb the world’s plastic waste and turn it into something precious: food and fuel.”
The first recipient of the Future Insight Award, founded in 2019, is Pardis Sabiti of Harvard University and James Crowe of Vanderbilt University, for research into how epidemics can be detected and treated.