Climate Solutions: Food and Tobacco
Turning raw agricultural materials into material goods, like plants into tobacco and wheat into bread, involves complex processing with energy requirements of its own. These processes account for one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
A new paper speculates future global food production problems could be solved by growing protein-dense microalgae in coastal aquaculture farms. The modeling boldly projects 100% of global protein demands could be provided by microalgae in 2050.
We've seen how lab-grown meats could help address the massive environmental costs associated with livestock production, and we're now seeing some interesting possibilities emerge around one of the world's most popular drinks – coffee.