Pasi Vainikka is a co-founder and CEO of Solar Foods, a company that creates food out of thin air. Dr. Vainikka is an enthusiastic researcher in the energy field. He’s also an adjunct professor at Lappeenranta university of technology.

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How is it possible to produce food out of thin air?

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In this Futurebuilders podcast together with Pasi Vainikka and our daring host Teemu Uotila we will find out:

  • How is it possible to produce food out of thin air?
  • What are the benefits of producing food without agriculture?
  • Are people ready for these new non-traditional foods?
Podcast highlights
  • 3:24 75-80 % of greenhouse gas emissions are from energy sector, 20-25 % are from what we eat directly or indirectly.
  • 4:25 How Solar Foods creates protein “out of thin air”?
  • 7:05 How to use Solar Food’s protein powder and in which situations?
  • 10:00 About having a healthy diet using the protein.
  • 10:23 Production of Solar Food’s protein uses much less water than traditional agriculture.
  • 14:15 What will the protein cost when it reaches the shelves?
  • 16:58 About the project with ESA, The European Space Agency.
  • 18:20 Solar Foods is not planning to produce food products themselves. They want to focus on turning electricity into edible calories.
  • 21:45 This kind of food production contains the ability to fight famine.
  • 23:40 People are taking the new protein in a very positive way. New food alternatives are supported.
  • 24:36 Pasi emphasises the role of engineers as solution providers for individuals – so that people become empowered to make daily choices towards a better world.

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