Novel separation technologies, like Controlled Affinity Separation (CAS), have the potential of mobilizing the vast plant protein resources and thus create the basis for enrichment, supplementation and substitution of the animal derived proteins.
Likewise, these natural resources contain vast amounts of highly active enzymes that could find applications within the food and beverage industry as an alternative to the industrial enzymes which generally are produced using genetically modified microorganisms. CAS offers an alternative by virtue of the highly selective and cost effective protein separation this methodology offers.
Equally, CAS will enable a more efficient and higher value utilization of already existing animal protein sources, which currently are being separated into bulk protein preparations. This may be achieved through the isolation of individual protein components of the animal derived raw materials. Such individual protein components each represent a unique functional property or bioactivity that would otherwise be lost or underutilized in a commodity bulk product.
The world population is growing at a fast rate and is predicted to reach 9 billion people in a few decades. It will be a huge challenge to feed all these people without intensifying the overall environmental impact.
Upgrading proteins from waste and e.g. fertilizers and animal feed will result in more proteins for human consumption and a reduction of the environmental burden.