Algae Based Israeli Falafel Wins Prize
“Algafalafel,” a creation by a team of graduate students from the Biotechnology and Food Engineering Faculty at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, won first prize at the EIT Food Project competition held at the university.
The aim of the competition – which saw students working on it for a full year – was to develop a protein-replacement dish to feed the growing world population. Scientists expect that by the year 2050 – with 9.8 billion mouths to feed – there will be a serious protein shortage.
The “Algafalafel” are enriched with spirulina, which is a “biomass of blue-green algae which produce their own food by photosynthesis without a living organic carbon,” according to the university.