Can direct conversion of used nitrogen to new feed and protein help feed the world?
“The increase in the world population, vulnerability of conventional crop production to climate change, and population shifts to megacities justify a re-examination of current methods of converting reactive nitrogen to dinitrogen gas in sewage and waste treatment plants. Indeed, by up-grading treatment plants to factories in which the incoming materials are first deconstructed to units such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and clean minerals, one can implement a highly intensive and efficient microbial resynthesis process in which the used nitrogen is harvested as microbial protein (at efficiencies close to 100%). This can be used for animal feed and food purposes. The technology for recovery of reactive nitrogen as microbial protein is available but a change of mindset needs to be achieved to make such recovery acceptable.”
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(Citaat: Matassa, S., Batstone, D.J., et al., – Can direct conversion of used nitrogen to new feed and protein help feed the worldL – Environmental Science & Technologie 49(2015)9, p.5247-5254)