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report from ReThink X predicts precision fermentation to be the core disruptive technology in food production over the next decade.

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It is an integral part of the global movement to supplement or replace traditional nutrient sources with climate conscious animal-free alternatives. With rising global populations, alternative proteins are crucial to meeting growing demand for protein.


Compared to animal agriculture, this technology offers unprecedented savings in water use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Companies around the world are already making plant, animal and novel proteins using this technology. As it scales up, it will be increasingly utilised across the entire food industry.

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Change may seem scary, but Kiwis are known to be world leaders in many fields – we are certainly no strangers to innovation. Thus, precision fermentation technology presents New Zealand with an important opportunity to diversify and build upon our esteemed international reputation in food technology. A shift away from animal-derived proteins may come sooner than we think, and this technology will ensure that our vision for the future remains bright.