We grow great grass in NZ, so listen up. British scientists are developing ways to turn pasture into food. They suggest people could soon be eating grass instead of steaks and cheese as grass could be a ‘silver bullet’ for UK food supplies. A $3.8 million project, run by the University of Bath and Harper Adams University, is developing technology to turn grass into edible proteins, oils, fibre, vitamins and minerals by breaking down the structure of the grass, and later feeding yeast onto the grass. Dr Richard Green, head of engineering research at Harper Adams University says that currently the only way of processing grass is by feeding it to animals to produce either meat or milk. Meat and dairy production is on the decline in recent years, with figures published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal saying the average person in the UK is eating 86g of meat a day down from 103g ten years earlier. Meanwhile, Britons are drinking around 50pc less milk than in 1974. He says it doesn’t mean moving completely away from meat and dairy-based diets but reducing the amount. He is suggesting we will see grass factories where we’ve got dairies at the moment.
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