In the technology developed and patented by NapiFeryn BioTech, protein is obtained from the material left over after pressing oil from rapeseed.
Our technology is better than methods used in soybean protein production, because it is based on more up-to-date, safer and more quality-efficient methods than those utilized in soy protein production. It doesn’t require using a harmful hexane and the conditions in which protein is isolated from rapeseed ensure it is not denatured, or in other words, remains undamaged, so in food formulations it is exhibiting such functional properties like solubility, ability to bind oils and water etc.
The NapiFeryn Biotech development is significant, because it opens a way to feed more people without further acceleration of processes harmful to the environment, such as climate change, deforestation and soil desertification. This approach is in concert with one of the priorities set by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
- We cannot feed humanity with animal products in the future.
The Earth will not accommodate enough soil for pastures and fields for fodder crops. At present, even as much as 60 per cent of arable land on the planet is used to feed livestock – as pastures or plants grown for feed. Meat production is characterised by considerable waste of calorific value: it takes over 4 kg of grain to obtain 1 kg of pork, and over 7 kg of grain to get 1 kg of beef.
- Animal farming has negative effect on the environment.
It produces more greenhouse gases than transport. It also leads to pollution of water (with waste from livestock breeding) and soil degradation (desertification due to excessive exploitation of pastures and fields). Another negative phenomenon that comes with animal farming is the need for continuous use of antibiotics.
- Rapeseed is a Polish speciality.
A significant part of eco-friendly agriculture is locally grown food. Rapseed is a Polish speciality, so it does not require to be shipped over thousands of miles. There are also no negative consequences of benefiting from other countries’ resources, such as deforestation and defertilisation of soil.
NapiFeryn BioTech deals with developing a method for obtaining the protein, or the know-how part of the process. The company itself will not manufacture either protein isolates or foods. The scientists will deliver a licensed technology to oil pressing businesses. Protein isolates will be used by food manufacturers, for whom this is going to be a good chance to broaden the range of their products.
Outlooks for further development
The company founders project that rapeseed protein will be available for customers in 2021. This time is needed to adapt the technological process to industrial requirements, which also involves design and commissioning of the first of its kind full scale biorefinery installation based on rapeseed as a source material.
At the initial stage of its development, the company is focused on the domestic market, but the company’s expansion plans also include other countries where rapeseed is produced on large scale, such as France, Germany, the UK, as well as China, India, USA, Canada and Australia.