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Protein to be produced from barley

Biotech company ORF Líftaekni and Skagafjördur community, north Iceland, signed an agreement this week regarding production of protein from genetically modified barley.

Managing director of ORF, Björn Örvar, told Fréttabladid the agreement involves examining the advantages of genetically modified barley and whether it can be cultivated in a certain area in Skagafjördur.

“Barley has a certain quality when it comes to protein production, which is used for different types of industries,” Örvar said. He explained protein is used for obtaining certain textures in clothing and for processing food and chemicals.

“It is necessary to create variety in the economic life here and this technology offers a lot of exciting possibilities. […] Protein could for example be used for bleaching paper in a much more environmentally friendly way than with traditional methods,” Örvar added.

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