The Earth’s population has exceeded seven billion people, and the planet is faced with a vast number of problems. From war to environmental destruction and resource exhaustion, the challenges imposed upon us are many, and almost all of them are intractable issues with seemingly no easy solution.
Food and environmental issues are particularly pressing matters which could very well affect the way we live in the near future. In Japan, the food supply is as yet stable, but there are many countries around the world where it is almost impossible to get even the bare minimum of nutrition. Furthermore, global warming, primarily caused by the emission of carbon dioxide, is bringing about desertification and lowland flooding, and in the near future, the possibility that food shortages will become a reality even in regions where the food supply is stable today is by no means small.
Is there nothing we can do to make people and the Earth healthy? Back when I was in university, I visited the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in Asia, and witnessed children suffering from malnutrition. Seeking the existence of a highly nutritious food source, I began studying biology. My search led me to Euglena, a nutrient-rich alga. I became involved in its research and, hoping to contribute to the resolution of these issues at least in a small way, I started this company in order to turn Euglena into food and build a large-scale cultivation plant to fix carbon dioxide and produce biofuels.
More than 10 years have passed since we founded Euglena Co., Ltd. In that time, step by step, we have gotten closer and closer to the original goals which I and the other founding members of Euglena had envisioned through increasing the sales of food products in developed nations, implementing a nutrition improvement program in Bangladesh, and constructing a biofuel plant.
I offer my deepest gratitude to all those who have given us their support and at the same time humbly ask for your continued support of our enterprise.