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Cv̄ictus Biotech

Cv̄ictus will produce single cell protein for high impact, carbon net negative livestock and aquaculture feed that can enable large scale reforestation, reduce atmospheric CO2 levels, replenish oceans, and nourish a growing world population.

Impact

Globally, growing populations and rising incomes are increasing demand for higher levels of dietary protein. Animal feed comprises well over half the cost of raising cattle, swine, poultry, fish, and other meat. Protein for animal feed requires massive amounts of water and other resources, with 77% of all agricultural land used for animal feed and forage. Land use impacts have resulted in loss of natural habitats and forests around the world to add more agricultural land, significantly increasing CO2 levels and eliminating natural carbon sinks

Fishmeal and soybean meal are the dominant sources of protein for animal feed, but unfortunately, both have huge environmental footprints. 22% of all fish caught in the oceans are boiled and dried for fishmeal, destroying ocean ecology. Soybean meal production requires 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of land and huge amounts of water per tonne of net utilizable protein, with most land use expansion coming from clearing Brazil’s rainforest and Argentina’s savannah. The world has lost one-third of our forests, an area twice the size of the United States, nearly all driven by the expansion of agriculture.

These are all motivating factors to produce a low-cost, high protein, non-photosynthetic feed.

Cv̄ictus will produce an alternative  feed, Cp̄rute, to replace these common sources of feed protein in an integrated process that has almost no impact on existing ecosystems and a much smaller carbon footprint.  

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Innovative Integration of Proven Technologies

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​Fermentation of single cell protein (SCP) was developed and commercialized between 1960 and 1988.  Cv̄ictus will employ modern improvements in fermentation to reproduce the same tested and approved animal feed more efficiently and much lower cost. Cv̄ictus will leverage our proprietary Enhanced Hydrogen Recovery (EHR) methanol to optimize production of a high protein animal feed we call Cp̄rute from methylotrophic bacteria.

Cv̄ictus Biotech can produce globally impactful volumes of low-cost animal feed using Cv̄ictus Clean Energy to supply all of the inputs and energy needed for SCP fermentation. Cv̄ictus’s core competency of EHR essentially converts the millions of ancient photosynthetic cycles in coal into high protein animal feed, with no external energy inputs while putting the unwanted CO
2 back underground to increase process efficiency.

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The Best Protein

Cv̄ictus’s SCP - Cp̄rute - offers high protein levels, an excellent amino acid profile, and high digestibility for both animals and aquaculture at a competitive low-cost. Protein is the most expensive major component of animal feed.

The low-cost, high-quality protein, which is similar to the protein that cows produce in their rumen, will substitute for soybean meal and fishmeal in livestock feed and aquaculture. 

Cp̄rute has a Net Utilizable Protein of 61% by weight. This is significantly higher than the 48% Net Utilizable Protein in fish meal and only 26% Net Utilizable Protein in soybean meal.  

Cp̄rute also offers a better balance of amino acids and digestibility than soybean meal (roughly equivalent to fish meal) to enhance aquaculture and livestock growth rates. 

 

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Carbon Negative Nourishment

Cp̄rute will provide global markets with high quality, low-cost livestock and aquaculture feeds. By selectively using only the carbon needed to grow cellular proteins, sequestering unwanted CO2, and offsetting higher CO2 intensity feeds Cv̄ictus will assist climate action through a net negative carbon value chain.

Experts agrees that in order to meet the 1.5C target, the world needs to plant more trees. And in order to do that - while feeding a growing population - we need to find alternative, high protein animal feed that does not rely on single photosynthetic cycles of the global agriculture system and destruction of biodiversity. 

There is no way to stop, and ultimately reverse, deforestation unless we find a low cost, large scale, non-photosynthetic animal feed. Cp̄rute from our EHR technology is a globally scalable, low-cost, low carbon intensity solution which would offset continued clearing of forests and could result in massive reforestation.

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