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The Startup Building The Future of Protein Without Farmland

December 7, 2023
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Fermentation has been used since ancient times to produce cheese, yogurt, beer and more. Now there’s a new approach aiming to make it possible to produce carbon negative animal proteins.

What’s happening:

  • Amsterdam based fermentation startup Farmless Foods has raised €4.8M in a seed round
  • The round was co-led by World Fund and Vorwerk Ventures

The big idea:

  • Farmless Foods combines naturally occurring microorganisms with a modern feedstock that doesn’t require any agricultural land in order to be produced
  • The feedstock they utilize is a liquid that is compromised of carbon dioxide, water, nitrogen and renewable energy
  • By using this type of liquid feedstock comprised of natural elements and renewable energy, Farmless is also able to not rely on sugar as a primary input for their fermentation process
  • The initial product types created by Farmless include successors to meat, dairy and eggs that are able to be produced at a cheaper cost than traditional livestock farming

Going deeper:

  • Farmless will now embark on building a full scale fermentation production facility in Amsterdam to expand their protein platform

By the numbers:

  • Farmless believes their unique approach to brewing proteins will use 5000x less land than beef production
  • Almost 50% of the habitable land in the world is occupied by farming and agriculture
  • Since inception Farmless has raised €6M in venture funding

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