Hi-Food project purses to contribute to the objectives of climate change
mitigation, the protection of water resources, pollution prevention and control
providing affordable, healthy, tasty and sustainable plant-based meat and milk
There are several main challenges the global food industry facing today:

Hunger. With how food is produced today it is impossible to feed ten billion people.
Ecological issues. By how food is produced today, we're killing the planet.
Health. Too many compromises are being made concerning human health. Chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones etc.
Food security. The political situation in the world is to o unstable - being dependent on imports is becoming more dangerous.

These global trends in society make inevitable a change in the food culture of mankind. One of the inevitable changes is a decrease in the consumption of livestock products (milk and meat). Increased consumption of meat and dairy products leads to the depletion of the planet's resources and ecological catastrophe:

• By 2050, more than half of the planet's land and water will be used for livestock industry.
• The average farm generates as much waste as a city of 500,000 population.
• Livestock produces more greenhouse gases than all the vehicles in the world.
The technologies, that were developed by Hi-Food project, also let UAE and other countries of the region significantly reduce dependence on imported products (UAE import 550 000 tones of meat and 650 000 tones of milk products annually).

The key advantage of Hi-Food project it that we have developed a chain of “structural technologies”, that allow us to produce the highest quality and affordable cost plant-based products. It means that we’ve built a pilot production of key components:

• protein isolates (soybean and sunflowerseed protein);
• protein texturates;
• high-quality plant fibre;
• flavours;
• key components of flavours (yeast extract).
Previously, UAE made great efforts to ensure the food security of the country. For example, significant funds have been invested in the creation of vertical farms, seaweeds production, etc.

At the same time, the logic of investment implied a conscious sacrifice of economic efficiency for the sake of food security. The implementation of structural technologies for the production of plant-based products allows to solve this problem, for example:

• Vertical farms could be used not for the production of low-margin products (vegetables, cereals, etc.), but for the production of high-tech components for flavoring substances.
• Seaweeds production could be implemented into the production chain for obtaining protein raw materials.