26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Green Chemistry for Sustainable Food Ingredients

Symposium Organizers: Joseph Chemler, Lead Scientist, Kalsec

Consumers are making their voices heard: They don’t want artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives. They also want companies using sustainable processes for making food ingredients that match societal, economic and environmental targets. Therefore, opportunities exist in researching and developing natural alternatives to artificial ingredients such as artificial colors, antioxidants and preservatives as well as sustainable manufacturing processes.

A variety of technologies following green chemistry and engineering principles can be leveraged to improve the sustainability parameters for the extraction, purification, and formulation of these natural food ingredients. Additionally, opportunities exist for alternative routes for producing equivalent ingredients through synthetic biology. An integrated approach to ingredient development can help meet consumer demands for ‘Clean Label’ alternatives while simultaneously improving manufacturing sustainability through the reduction of hazardous waste, CO2 emissions and replacing hazardous steps with benign ones.

This symposium will bring together experts in the areas of:

  • Consumer preferences and trends for food ingredients
  • Government regulation of enzymes, novel/new ingredients and sources, and GMOs
  • Adopting greener extraction technologies (e.g., subcritical water, press extraction, biosolvents, supercritical CO2, enzyme assisted) in lieu of organic solvents
  • Leveraging sustainable biocatalysis of food ingredients
  • Developing alternative pathways to manufacture food ingredients

The presentations will highlight current and emerging trends in consumer demands for clean labels on products, the challenges that they present and the opportunities in using advanced biotechnology and manufacturing processes to address these challenges and achieve the societal, environmental and economic goals. The sharing of knowledge and ideas during the symposium will provide value for stakeholders worldwide that are interested in achieving sustainability goals while meeting consumer’s demands. This directly supports U.N. Sustainable Development Goals #9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and #13 (Climate Action) and the conference theme: Thinking in Systems: Designing for Sustainable Use.

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