Livestock (meat or fish) helps meet the need for vitamin B12, but it is also accused of contributing to global warming.
Scientists from the John Innes Centre are collaborating with LettUs Grow and the Quadram Institute to enrich other food productions with vitamin B12.
Funded by the UK Department for Research and Innovation, this biofortification process broadens the resources of vitamin B12, which is essential for the production of red blood cells, functions of the nervous system, and cellular reproduction.
Each fortified pea shoot is grown within an aeroponic vertical farm and contains the daily dose of vitamin B12. Its nutrition is ensured by a process developed by LettUs Grow: ultrasound agitates an enriched solution and turns it into a mist that permeates through the crops.
If scaling up is successful, the principle can be replicated with other plants and nutrients.