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Bialtec, Biotechnology System to produce quality meat free of antibiotics and with low ammonia emissions.

Improve the quality of life of humans and animals through a more ecological and sustainable meat production system

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Bialtec SAS.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

We work with local farmers Porcicultores APA. that rise livestock meanly pigs, we have a program nutrition which includes diagnostic and customized nutritional solutions, the additives we produce goes in the animal feed so we supply Colombian companies that produce it which are Grupo BIOS, Solla, Italcol, CIPA, they collaborate with us running trials under different diets to evaluate the performance and yield of the animals with the use or not of different additives, the university of Antioquia and CES university collaborate with us supporting the science behind our technology through of their investigation groups in veterinary medicine, Genomic Sequencing and artificial intelligence, for the DNA sequencing we work with a Dutch company call BaseClear B.V. As part of our financing, we have the "Sofía Pérez De Soto" foundation. The foundation focuses on helping to improve people from different areas including productivity. Besides we are part of the holding (TIG) Tech innovation group

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 3-10 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

San Pedro de los Milagros, Medellín,

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

The department of Antioquia, in Colombia, covers a total area of 63.612Km2

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

We live in Antioquia for more than 30 years, Antioquia is the second most important department in Colombia thanks to its industry and innovation, it has great potential to develop sustainable agriculture due to its availability of land and variety of climates. Having grown up in this region, we know of the resilience of their farmers and the desire to progress, also of social inequality and lack of access to education and welfare of rural families, who end up migrating to the capital in search of better quality of life leaving unproductive fertile lands, that is why we believe that with the sustainable development of livestock production (food system), development in the regions of the department and in general in the whole country can be promoted. In addition, after the signing of the peace agreement in Colombia, the land restitution and agricultural development search program is growing, providing adequate conditions to implement technologies such as the one we propose in this project.

Antioquia has a population of 6.3 million of habits, in particular sector the total swine population in the country is distributed in 237,380 farms and consists of approximately 6,473,525 animals, located mainly in the departments of Antioquia (29.68%) Valle del Cauca (14.36%), Cundinamarca (8.94% ), Meta (6.03%), Córdoba (6.01%), Magdalena (4.21%), Sucre (3.33%), Boyacá (3.12%), Atlántico (2.74%) and Bolivar (2.27%), indicating that 80.67% of the total national population (ICA, 2019). After Antioquia we are going to impact the whole country and keep growing to the rest of the world because the AMR threat is one of the main problem of public health according with WHO (

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Antioquia has a significant geographical diversity since it combines all the elements of Colombian geography: sea, plains, mountains, highlands, badlands, rivers, marshes and forests. The department is located in the northwestern part of Colombia, extends from the Atrato river, to the west, to the Magdalena river, to the east, with a strip of coastline on the Gulf of Urabá that extends from the Punta Yerbazal, on the western side of the Gulf of Urabá (limits with the department of Chocó), until the site known as El Minuto de Dios, 2.5 kilometers north of Arboletes, on the borders with the department of Córdoba. Its coastal contours measure approximately 220 kilometers, which makes the department the second in the country in terms of coastline length over the Caribbean Sea, after La Guajira. In some sectors of the coast there are phenomena of coastal erosion, which worries about its future situation due to global climate change and sea level rise.

according to a study conducted by the Government of Antioquia, 21% of Antioqueños are over 55 years old. Only 1% belongs to stratum 6, and from stratum 5 there is hardly 4% of Antioqueños. And those strata (5 and 6) are only in the Aburrá Valley (high incomes families). 80% of the population of Antioquia is mestizo. In the stratum in which there are more singles is the high (52%). 35% of Antioqueños and Antioqueñas are single. The subregion where there are more married is in the East (43%). There are only 5% divorced in all of Antioquia. There are more women than men with a university degree (13% vs. 10%). Half of the Antioquia homes have between 3 and 4 people. Half have completed a few years of high school or finished it. 26% have done some elementary school or finished it. 2% have between 7 and 9 children - Average number of children in a household

Of the 330.97 billion dollars of Colombia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018, Antioquia contributed 14.6%, that is, 48.32 billion dollars, according to the preliminary report of the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane).

This means that it grew 3.5% with respect to the provisional figure of 2017 and keeps it positioned as the second department that contributes most to the national GDP only below the capital Bogota.

The manufacturing industry was the sector that contributed the most to GDP with 16.28% of the total department.

The second sector that boosted the growth of Antioquia was commerce, which contributed the equivalent of 16.18% of the total. This line presented a variation of 3.3% with respect to 2017 and, unlike the industry, it is characterized by sustained growth during this decade. Another sector with a high potential of contribution, such as agriculture, livestock and aquaculture, accounted for 5.3% of the GDP of Antioquia, which meant a variation of 4.4% compared to its contribution of 2017 Antioquia is the first producer of Coffee and Banana for export; Other agricultural products are cane for panela, vegetables, legumes, fruits, cocoa, cassava, potatoes, corn rice, it has around 2 million pigs and 3 millions of cows

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Agriculture in the department needs technification and adopting sustainable models to guarantee its growth and ability to nourish the growing population, one goal of our food system is the decrease in the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock production, since numerous studies link public health diseases with antimicrobial resistance due to abuse of antibiotics in animal feed.

But to get our goal some challenges must be overcome, the first one is boosted the awareness of the population about the threat of antimicrobial resistance so that it pressures the government so that it takes measures of restriction of use as all the countries of the European Union have done since 2006

Besides nutrition companies must invest in sustainable production solutions for the replacement of antibiotic additives with natural additives, in addition to education and develop a technician system for farmers that allow them to optimize the health conditions of the farms and the production process.

Climate change is an actual as well a future challenge. The World Meteorological Organization reported that the highest temperatures have been reported in the last four years, one part of this is linked to the livestock production

As a sign of prosperity, every year humanity consumes more meat and dairy products. World meat production is expected to double from 229 million tons in 1999/2001 to 465 million tons in 2050, while milk production will increase in that period from 580 to 1,043 million tons.

According with FAO The livestock sector is the fastest growing in the world compared to other agricultural sectors. But this rapid development has a high price for the environment, according to the FAO report The long shadow of livestock-environmental and alternative aspects. "The environmental cost for each unit of livestock production has to be reduced by half, just to prevent the situation from getting worse," warns the document.

If emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock sector is responsible for (9%) nine percent of CO2 from human activities, but produces a much higher percentage of greenhouse gases more harmful. It generates 65 percent of nitrous oxide of human origin, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this gas comes from manure.

 And it is also responsible for 37 percent of all methane produced by human activity (23 times more harmful than CO2), which originates mostly in the digestive system of ruminants, and 64 percent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain. So the challenge here is keep producing meat with less emissions of greenhouse gases

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

We believe that with a functional nutrition and in balance with nature, the best results in production and quality of life of the different animal species are achieved. For more than 60 years the industry of meat production has been using antibiotics as animal growth promoters because it helps to avoid diseases and improve the growing of the animals but some side effects have become in a real threat such as antimicrobial resistance.

Now we know that the antibiotics change the microbiota in the gut and in consequence the metabolism of the nutrients, but understand the patterns among so many variables are a hard work, this is the reason we are designing a machine learning software that simulate the gut of the pigs to see how the microbiota change with diets, additives, antibiotics, raw materials and others so we combine algorithms of machine learning with the data of intestinal microbiota DNA sequencing to design the next generation of additives antibiotic free to improve the production and reduce the antibiotic growth promoters.

In the scope of a greener production we are working to design and produce additives that improve the absorption of nutrients meanly the nitrogen and reduce the production of urea linked with the emissions of ammonia

 Besides our solutions in additives to improve de absorption of nutrients and the welfare of the animal we want to offer a technical service to set other variables involve in the sustainable production like water- Improve the efficiency of irrigation systems. The use of the manure to produce biogas that the farmers can use as a source of energy and improvements in livestock production management

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

The problem we are working on to solve it is a global problem, the threat of RAM and ammonia emissions in meat production is the focus of many investigations at this time, with our food system we can demonstrate that with science and creativity things can change from the local to the global, we hope to boost positive economic growth, we want to boost the agricultural potential of the region and show the world that, with knowledge and passion, some companies in a country with medium income such as Colombia can jump Until the fourth revolution. When progress reaches the region, the entire community benefits: quality jobs, higher wages, safer working conditions, benefits for human health: clean air and water, maintaining our biodiversity and increasing the participation of agriculture in the GDP of Antioquia and the country, better quality of meat can be exported and natural feed additives, also the whole food system, we can go on to export some raw materials to export knowledge.

With a solid economic model supported by agricultural science and potential, children can begin to specialize in biotechnology and food sciences, over time the region can become a model of sustainability and green production, Colombia is the second country in biodiversity once we develop the food system, people and the government will think differently, mental barriers can be broken and a bright future will open.

At least 10% of the company's profits will be returned to the community through a specialized education center, we want to boost some education institutes to improve their competitiveness in a global economy, rural people will not have to move to the city because they will have quality of life in their villages, the department can be transformed by good roads to connect the mountains with the sea to transport products and people, the reactivation of the freight train is a project that the local government has on its agenda, With our food system we can help boost it.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Our vision of the future food for Antioquia is sleeping without hunger. That the children, in all the homes of Antioquia, have a balanced diet and that child malnutrition is no longer a health risk, we also want the bacterial resistance to be reduced so that the amount of superbugs begins to decrease and that the meat that is consumed is of quality, free of antibiotics and with a lower carbon footprint due to the reduction in the emission of ammonia

Child malnutrition is one of the main premises that the department has outlined: that in Antioquia not a single child dies due to factors associated with malnutrition or low birth weight, we want to add that nobody dies due to infections by superbugs or decrease their quality of life due to problems of climate change.  

According with the manager of the Food and Nutrition Security Management of Antioquia (Maná), by 2018, the region closed with five deaths due to malnutrition (in children under five), a rate of 0,9 per 100,000 minors.

However, the prevalence of this problem in Antioquia is not clear (that is, how many children are malnourished or at risk). The latest statistics available to the country were delivered by the National Survey of the Nutritional Situation (ENSIN) in 2015, which indicated that, for Colombia, acute malnutrition is 2.3%.

 When we can nourish our people with meat of quality under a green food system production what includes natural additives and technical services, the children will have better performance in their learning and a new thrive society will rise supported by science, biodiversity, biotechnology and natural food

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