Climate Change & Environmental Impact
What difference does Cv̄ictus make in fighting climate change and helping the environment?
Produced at scale, Cv̄ictus can make a huge impact in conservation, fighting climate change, and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Current methods for producing livestock and aquaculture feed have a massive environmental footprint and can contribute to food insecurity around the world. 77% of all agricultural land is devoted to animal feed and forage.
Fish meal requires catching, boiling and drying huge quantities of fish. High demand pressures for fish meal-based feed protein contribute to reduction fisheries and depletion of marine ecosystems and fish stocks. Depleted fish stocks are unable to replenish their populations and can have a cascading effecting on other species in the food web.
Similarly, growing demand for soybean meal feed puts pressure on farmers to expand soybean farming which requires clearing vast areas of tropical forests and savannah. In Brazil, one of the largest producers of soybean for animal feed in the world, increased soy demand requires converting new land for farming and is a driver of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
Cp̄rute would replace these common sources of feed protein in an integrated process that has almost no impact on existing ecosystems and has a much smaller carbon footprint. If the single cell protein substitutes for soybean meal, at the margin almost 1/200th the amount of CO2 is released into the atmosphere from Cp̄rute than is emitted from soybean meal from new fields. Eventually, when Cp̄rute also substitutes for existing soybean meal, it emits 1/3rd the CO2 of existing soybean fields.
Perhaps most importantly, Cv̄ictus can contribute to the 2nd UN Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by reducing drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition around the world. The demand for protein for people and animal feed will increase over 50% by 2050. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that by 2050 the demand for food will grow by 60%, with meat production projected to rise by nearly 70%, aquaculture by 90% and dairy by 55%. Less pressure for soy farming and fish can lower prices and allow farmers to grow more nutritious foods thus helping to lessen drivers of food insecurity.