Among different food industries, aquaculture has seen one of the steepest increases in the last decades, quickly overtaking the majority of fish production worldwide.
The largest carbon emission contributor of aquaculture is in the production of the fish feed. The main component of this feed is necessarily a protein-rich one, usually fishmeal – processed fish that is not used for human consumption. Recently, fishmeal has been replaced by soybeans in some parts of the world.
Both fishmeal and soybeans are unsustainable solutions, with limited capabilities in scaling up and negative environmental impact.
At Mycorena, AscoFeed is produced through a fungi-based bioprocess from industrial wastewater. This means that we reuse waste from industry as an input for growing fungi biomass, which we then process into the final product. The by-product of this process is clean water that can then be re-introduced in the original industry.
This circular resource utilization only increases the beneficial effects of the final product, allowing for decreased water usage and lower carbon utilization.