The acceptance of the trendy microbiome diet among consumers has put wind in the sails of ag-biotech start up Joyn Bio, which is engineering microbes for more sustainable agriculture.
The acceptance of the microbiome diet as a means of achieving gut health among consumers could pave a path for a shift in attitude towards GM food, according to Michael Miille CEO at Joyn Bio.
Joyn Bio is attempting to engineer microbes that can provide plants with biological nitrogen fertilizer, thus decreasing the environmental impact of agriculture.
By engineering microbes it can eliminate the need for synthetic fertilizers, which have boosted crop yields over the past century but in the process have harmed soil health and caused environmental ills.
The growth in popularity of the microbiome diet among consumers is another potential factor in Joyn Bio’s favor. If consumers now accept that the microbes in our gut play a critical role in overall health, what’s to stop them accepting the importance microbes could potentially have in agriculture?
“More people than ever are taking probiotics because it improves gut health,” said Miille. The next step is to say to consumers ‘that microbes are part of the solution ….
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