Protein powder from the air? Company from Finland pursues an innovative concept

April 29, 2022 – 8:50 a.m. Watch

by Oliver Hanke

How can we feed the world’s growing population when, at the same time, the climate crisis is leaving more and more land unusable for agriculture? A company from Finland came up with an idea: they can make a protein powder out of air!

You can find out what this company does and how the edible food is made in the video above.

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What are the best alternatives to meat?

Meat substitute products increased significantly

This is how sales of meat and meat substitute products have developed in Germany over the last decade.

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But not only proteins can become an important milestone in the nutrition of the world population. Since the world’s enormous resources, such as water or soil, are consumed and used by the mass consumption of meat by humans, alternatives are inevitable.

Here is the list of the top ten vegan meat alternatives:

Like natural tofu, smoked tofu is made from soy milk with the help of coagulants. After being pressed into blocks, it is refined by gently smoking it in smokehouses.

Tempeh is an ancient Indonesian food made from whole soybeans, unlike tofu.

This protein-rich fibrous material consists of pure wheat protein separated from starch by leaching from the wheat.

Lupins are known as the soybeans of the far north. They belong to legumes and are even grown regionally here. Therefore, they have a significantly better ecological balance than other meat alternatives.

Like soybeans, lupine seeds are processed into tofu. To do this, they are soaked, squeezed and the liquid obtained is thickened.

  • Grain
  • Beans
  • lenses
  • soybean strips

Soybean kibbles are an extruded soybean product that is becoming increasingly popular under the name of soybean meat.

With just 30 kcal per 100 grams and a low protein content, the fruit of the South Indian tree is not a real alternative to meat, at least not from a nutritional point of view. However, it has been increasingly appreciated in recent years. One reason is undoubtedly that the fruit is naturally soy-free and gluten-free.

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Meat production bad for the climate

Meat production has a huge impact on nature and the climate. Because to grow animal feed such as soybeans, large areas are cleared, often in the rainforest. According to the Meat Atlas 2021, livestock farming already uses 70 percent of all agricultural land, as well as large amounts of water. 73 percent of antibiotics sold worldwide also go to animals. Therefore, satisfying our hunger for meat is not sustainable.

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Meat substitutes such as seaweed, oatmeal, insects, snails, or laboratory meat


If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to meat, you can’t go wrong with oatmeal. You can buy them cheap at the supermarket.

Oat flakes are particularly suitable as a vegan alternative to minced meat or pies. Simply mix oatmeal with vegetable broth, tomato paste, and spices. Then form patties or lightly crumble into minced meat.

laboratory meat

Here, some muscle cells are removed from an animal. From this, the muscle cells for meat production are grown in the so-called “in vitro process”. The cells can then multiply in a nutrient solution until muscle fibers or whole muscles have been formed.


Another alternative could be insects. That doesn’t sound very appetizing at first, but insects can be eaten too. Nearly two billion people are already doing it.

Insects contain healthy nutrients, lots of protein and protein. In the long term, they could meet the growing protein needs of the world’s population more sustainably than meat.

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Seaweed is particularly popular in Japanese cuisine. Until now, seaweed has not been well known as an alternative to meat. Eco-friendly multipurpose products have the potential to revolutionize entire branches of industry, from food to clothing.

A little water and light, that’s all the algae need. They are also full of important nutrients.

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In France, snails are considered a delicacy. Snail farming, and thus snail meat production, is significantly more resource efficient than, say, meat production. Small animals need less space when they are reared, and the consumption of food and water is also low.

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Meat substitutes are on the rise:

Meat substitutes are becoming more and more popular

Meat substitutes are on the rise. In the statistics, the estimated turnover with meat substitutes in millions of euros for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022

Historical low: Germans eat less and less meat

The Carbon Clock shows us the remaining CO2 budget

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