Wednesday, May 29, 2013

β-Carotene for Ice Cream produced from Algae

May or may not really be made of people
β-Carotene is also used as a substance to colour products such as juice, cakes, desserts, butter, ice cream and margarine. It is approved for use as a food additive.  One of the many steps toward Soylent Green.

The photograph is of a β-Carotene alage farm in Kalbarri, Western Australia

About β-Carotene from wiki
Most of the world's synthetic supply of carotene comes from a manufacturing complex located in Freeport, Texas and owned by DSM. The other major supplier BASF also uses a chemical process to produce β-carotene. Together these suppliers account for about 85% of the β-carotene on the market. In Spain Vitatene produces natural β-carotene from fungus Blakeslea trispora, as does DSM but at much lower amount when compared to its synthetic β-carotene operation. In Australia, organic β-carotene is produced by Aquacarotene Limited from dried marine algae Dunaliella salina grown in harvesting ponds situated in Karratha, Western Australia. Cognis Australia Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of the Germany-based company Cognis, is also producing β-carotene from micro algae grown in two sites in Australia that are the world’s largest algae farms. In Portugal, the industrial biotechnology company Biotrend is producing natural all-trans-β-carotene from a non genetically modified bacteria of the Sphingomonas genus isolated from soil.

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