Calysta, the manufacturer of a protein feed material through the microbial processing of methane, has received approval for the product from a UK organic certification body.

Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G) has approved the use of Calysta’s FeedKind protein as an ingredient in organic animal feeds in the UK and EU).  FeedKind is made by the action of patented microbes and biocatalysts which can convert the methane component of natural gas into liquids, chemicals and fuels for further processing, including as a feed protein. The US-based company has opened a UK manufacturing plant at Teesside’s Wilton centre, and is working with Cargill to market the feed material, initially to the aquaculture market as a fishmeal replacer, although it can be used in livestock and pet animal nutrition.

“Certification of FeedKind protein as an approved ingredient in organic animal feed is a significant milestone in our development of innovative sustainable products to meet the world’s growing demand for new protein sources,” comments Allan LeBlanc, senior director and FeedKind product manager. “This supports Calysta’s commitment to traceability and a reduced environmental footprint in the aquaculture feed supply chain.”