Northern Europe’s largest production of green proteins has opened
The Danish cooperatives, DLG, DLF, and Danish Agro, have just opened their first grass protein plant with the goal to make climate-friendly feed and food. BioRefine Denmark A/S, which is owned by the cooperatives, seeks to become a pioneer within green protein extracted from grass.
BioRefine Denmark opened the largest plant of its kind in Northern Europe in August 2021, where they will produce green protein from clover grass and alfalfa for animal feed. The Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn participated in the opening of the plant and celebrated the potential of creating climate-friendly and efficient protein along with the 35 new job positions that the innovative technology has given so far.
Demand for locally produced proteins
BioRefine’s ambition is that in the long run, the grass protein will replace some of the soy that is imported for animal feed today with a greener, locally produced and thus more sustainable alternative. The plant expects to produce 1,500 tons of protein from organic clover grass and alfalfa in 2021 and seeks to produce 7,000 tons in 2022.
Green solutions for the world
Grass has an unsurpassed ability to reduce nitrogen leaching, and at the same time, perennial grasses bind atmospheric CO2 in the soil and replace it with oxygen. Therefore, the production of organic grass has a strong climate and environmental profile, which can be used to produce a climate-efficient ingredient in animal feed.
Initially, the green proteins are to be used in organic feed mixtures, where promising test results have been demonstrated among piglets and poultry.