Carbon-Negative Food Systems
We need a solution revolution—a shift to outcome driven innovation. Our vision and plan address environment, economics, technology, and policy.
Our current practices of animal agriculture are fabulously wasteful, but the best bad examples are the best places to started and, based on data, this is cows. A single dairy cow has the environmental impact of 30 people. It takes 15kg of feed to get 1kg of beef from a feedlot steer. 80% of animal agriculture in BC happens in the Fraser Valley.
Animal waste is collected.
While this is a normal practice for any farm with animals, we process the waste right away rather than sending it to a lagoon and then out to a field, days, weeks, or months later. Processing the waste right away lets us capture the methane, a gas that is at least 24 times more damaging to the environment than CO2.
We cook the poop soup.
All the manure is put into tanks that work just like the third stomach of a cow. We heat it, stir it, and keep the oxygen out so, like the cow's stomach, it can digest the remaining "food" parts, releasing the energy as biogas.
Biogas energy is produced and sent to the pipeline!
From there it can heat homes, cook food, or fuel cars and trucks, replacing fossil energy.
An aquatic grass grows, cleaning the water and producing CO2.
A tiny plant called duckweed can be grown in water. This plant sucks CO2 from the air and nutrients from the water, and, through photosynthesis, it produces protein and starch, leading to clean air, water, and food!
The grass is fermented to produce isolates.
Through the same process as making beer, wine, or sauerkraut, we can separate the protein from the starch, making sugars or alcohol. Fermented foods have shown many health benefits. Dividing the plant multiplies the value.
We also get proteins that we use to help make people food or animal feed!
Duckweed has the best nutrient profile of any plant-based food. Amino acids are a key part of nutrition, and bodies need specifics. Duckweed wins on many metrics. For example, corn has 10% protein and grows one cycle a year, while Duckweed can have 50% protein and grows three cycles a week!