Roslin Tech joins project to investigate circular economy in space
Roslin Technologies, the UK’s leading specialist AgTech venture builder, is setting its sights beyond the confines of planet earth…literally!
We’re working on a project with an Israeli team (that includes Metabolic Robots and D-Mars) to investigate the potential of food and protein development in a circular economy, where waste is minimised, and resources are used and then regenerated. Roslin Tech is already working in this field through collaborating on an insect programme where the larvae feed on food waste to create protein rich insects, while the by-product is then turned into fertiliser.
What’s this got to do with interplanetary travel? Space travel, and the need to create sustainable food sources when humans venture further into the solar system, means our work could be vital in the development of protein growth sources in such a closed environment. To that end, we were invited to take part in a trial in the Israeli desert, designed to simulate the Mars-like conditions that astronauts might face.
Roslin Tech is at the forefront of developing sustainable food systems designed to overcome the global protein deficit, whether through cutting edge breeding programmes such as those involving insects, or in our cell technology, where we are leaders in producing cells that can grow in culture to create meat without the use of live animals.