Euglena Co., Ltd., a bio-venture company that is working to solve food and environmental problems with Euglena, a type of algae, is attracting attention.
Why can ‘Euglena’ solve food and environmental problems in the first place?
I will answer these questions.
“Euglena” has the potential to “save the earth” due to its high nutritional value and ability to absorb carbon dioxide.
“Euglena” makes people and the earth healthy! ?
“Euglena” is a microscopic organism that is difficult to see with the naked eye and is about 0.05 mm in size. It is a type of algae found in paddy fields and puddles.
Although Euglena is not an insect, it is classified in the same group as seaweed and kelp.
It is said that this small creature, “Euglena”, will be the key to solving various problems surrounding the world, such as the environment, food, and energy.
This article focuses on such “euglena” and introduces Mitsuru Izumo, the founder of Euglena Co., Ltd., a venture company that manufactures and sells health foods and cosmetic materials that use euglena, as well as developing biofuels. I summarized the charm of “Euglena” how “Euglena” “saves the earth”.
What kind of creature is Euglena?
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The origin of the earth dates back to about 5 billion years ago, but Euglena was born on the ancient earth about 500 million years ago.
It is estimated that there are about 8.7 million species of organisms on Earth.
Compared to other celestial bodies in the solar system, it can be said that the earth is a planet brimming with abundant life.
However, the newly formed Earth was covered with magma with a temperature of over 1,000°C, making it impossible for life to exist. During the 4.6 billion years of the earth’s history, the environment has changed dramatically, and life has continued to evolve through repeated extinction and evolution of species.
“Euglena” in the organism grows by photosynthesis, absorbing carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen.
“Euglena” lives in freshwater, and there are also friends who live in seawater. Green is the color of chloroplasts, which are invisible to the human eye and have a length of 0.05 mm to 0.1 mm and a width of 0.01 mm. It can move and has properties of both plants and animals.
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Euglena’s greatest feature is that it grows with water and light, and because it contains 59 kinds of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, it is highly valued as a food. It is also expected to help solve environmental problems due to its high ability to absorb carbon dioxide.
“Euglena” is biologically extremely rare.
Encounter between Euglena and Mitsuru Izumo
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The encounter between Euglena and Mitsuru Izumo dates back to when Mr. Izumo was a university student. The impetus was that he went to Bangladesh in 1998.
Mr. Izumo wanted to help the malnourished children he saw in Bangladesh.
UNICEF also focuses on modern nutrition issues such as malnutrition and hidden hunger among children. No vegetables, no fruit, no meat, no fish, no eggs, no milk.
The children were not hungry, but one in four was malnourished. So I came up with the idea of helping children in poor countries where food is scarce.
Mitsuru Izumo’s hint is “Senzu from Dragon Ball”
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“Senzu” is a bean with a shape similar to broad beans, and is a bean that appears in the manga “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama. A single grain will instantly satisfy your hunger and instantly heal any wounds. Cultivated by Karin, the cat hermit who lives in Karin Tower.
It is a rare bean that is difficult to grow and can only be harvested for hundreds of years.
Mr. Izumo went to the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo, where he was enrolled, and asked if there was anything like Senzu beans. , “In that case, I will tell you ‘It’s euglena’.
“When I heard that Euglena contains 59 types of nutrients that humans need, I thought, ‘This is it!’ and ‘I want to solve the world food problem.'”
Although he started to take action toward commercialization, he visited a researcher of Euglena for advice on commercialization, but the only answer he received was that it was “difficult to grow.” Until now, there have been no examples of successful mass cultivation of euglena.
The biggest problem was that “Euglena cannot be cultured in large quantities.” Euglena, which is full of nutrients, becomes prey for various bacteria, germs, and plankton.
Cultivating Euglena and cultivating it on a large scale
In May 2005, seven years had passed since my encounter with euglena. It’s time to do everything you can in a university lab and see if you can do it on a large scale outside of a university lab.
Mr. Izumo learns that there is a culture facility suitable for mass culture in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture. However, if you are not a corporation, you cannot rent facilities and equipment. There, he met Mr. Kengo Suzuki (director in charge of research and development at the company), an aspiring researcher, and Mr. Takumoto Fukumoto (director in charge of marketing at the company), who runs a functional food sales company. We were able to make a contract to rent the equipment.
However, at that time, it was still completely unknown whether mass cultivation would be successful, but it is said that the rent and maintenance costs of the pool were paid for when it was successful.
Until now, we have tried to create an environment that protects euglena from natural enemy microorganisms, but we will change our mindset and create an environment in which nothing but euglena can live.
It worked, and we were able to fill the outdoor culture tank with euglena.
Regarding the success of mass culture, Mr. Izumo said,
“This is the result of researchers from all over Japan working together to improve the world with euglena, and it is truly an all-Japan effort.”
After that, euglena Co., Ltd. went through a period of sluggish sales of its products, but after that, the scale of its business expanded, and in December 2012 it was listed on the stock exchange.
Then, we started the business of “saving malnourished children with euglena”, which was the original purpose of the company.
A Bangladesh office has been opened and field tests will begin soon.
Euglena Co., Ltd.
It contains all 59 kinds of nutrients necessary for human life in a well-balanced natural form, supplementing nutrients that tend to be lacking in daily life. Paramylon and chlorophyll, which are the only components of “Euglena”, firmly support your health maintenance! Leave the nutritional balance to Midorimushi without changing your usual diet!
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Focusing on paramylon (a component that absorbs unnecessary substances and excretes them from the body), which is the only living thing that euglena has, it further strengthens the vitamin B group that promotes lipolysis and sugar decomposition.
This product is recommended for those who are concerned about their health check results due to changes in body shape due to age, unhealthy eating habits, and unhealthy eating habits, and for those who want to use natural products for diet and health management.
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I’ve tried this and that, but I’m worried about not feeling refreshed.
Enzymes support energy, which is the source of our healthy bodies, and are essential for all life activities. It is said
However, there is a limit to the amount of enzymes that can be produced in the body, and it gradually decreases after peaking in the 20s.
That’s why you need to actively take it in from the outside and continue to supplement it.
However, enzymes are particular about the temperature and pH that are just right for them to work, and enzymes that are heated above 48°C stop working.
An enzyme that does not work is meaningless.
I would be happy if you could refer to it even a little.
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