Agricultural food supplies are limited by land availability and impacted by climate change. By 2050, PLANETARIANS expect that more than 1.5 billion extra people on earth will need to be fed. They believe that on average 93% of calories fed to animals are wasted.
Instead of feeding animals, PLANETARIANS makes ready to eat snacks for humans from oil cakes. Oil cakes are the dry matter left after oils are extracted from crops such as sunflower seeds, cotton seeds, canola, etc. PLANETARIANS technology converts 100% of the calorie content of oil cakes into food for human consumption. Using steam explosion PLANETARIANS puffs the fibre in the oil cake ( which is hard like woodchips), making it palatable and protein available for human consumption. Using high temperature and high-pressure PLANETARIANS converts the feed grade oil cakes into human food in a one-step process. This manufacturing process was tested and optimised at the University of Minnesota. The resulting product was certified for nutritional content by Medallion Labs.
The world's supply of the oilcakes in 2017 was 334.82 million metric tons, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Using PLANETARIANS process, this volume can be converted into enough human food to feed 1.5 billion people. Making chips as MVP, PLANETARIANS anticipates they'll transform oil cakes into multiple food types - including snacks, pasta, hummus and flour comprising a USD 25 billion market in the United States alone, and scale out via licensing their manufacturing technology internationally.