Tackling the sustainability of the poultry industry
NTU researchers separated the yeasty broth away from the fibre produced through bioethanol production and turned it into a cost-competitive, high-in-protein replacement for the imported soya that has traditionally been used in the diets of chickens bred for meat production. Each bioethanol plant uses 1.1 million tonnes of cereal a year, and thanks to NTU research, over 180,000 tonnes of purified protein can be created per plant. This means that, as well as reducing the UK’s reliance on imported soya, the change in practice means that UK poultry producers will benefit from affordable feed costs with a lower carbon footprint.
By finding a way for the biofuel and poultry feed industry to support one another, we can responsibly produce food and fuel with reduced impact on global resources.
This research contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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