BioHystScienza per Amore

The History of the Project

storia del progetto

The humanitarian project “Bits of Future: Food for All” is based on the use of Hyst technology (Hypercritical Separation Technology). The Hyst system, created within the milling industry, permits better use of agricultural and agro-industrial by-products for food and energy.

The first tests had immediately shown that the Hyst flour produced, for example from a by-product such as wheat bran, was extremely rich in protein, vitamins, iron and zinc. Therefore, it offered obvious advantages in contexts of poverty and malnutrition where diets are based on the consumption of cereals. But that was not all. Thanks to Hyst processing it was possible to use “poor” materials such as wheat straw and corn fodder to obtain feed with characteristics similar to those of top quality hay for its content of protein, starch and for its nutritional value. Giving better feed to animals meant ensuring better living conditions and a more appropriate diet for those people who depend on them.

The Association

Considerable economic resources were necessary to continue experimentations, which indeed did continue with the financial support of Danilo Speranza, president of R.E. Maya. Mr. Speranza had fully understood the enormous potential of this research in developing a technology that could alleviate the problem of hunger in developing countries.

Danilo Speranza and the R.E. Maya Association (now Scienza per Amore) were engaged, among other activities, in providing food aid and legal assistance to the Somali communities in Italy and in supporting war orphans directly in their own country. The experience gained from relating to this battered country gave the associates an insight to the serious problems of hunger and war.
For this reason, at the end of the 90s, many of them embraced the aid project for Africa. Convinced of the validity of the research the associates joined the President in funding the engineer. This joint effort, which lasted more than 15 years, led to the Hyst patent and the idea of the Bits of Future: Food for All project.

In July of 2009 the agreement which would have resulted in the immediate operational collaboration between the inventor and the R.E. Maya association became a reality.
From its first steps, Bits of Future: Food for All had to face a number of obstacles which, however, did not prevent the validity of the technology and the project from being recognized at the highest scientific and institutional levels.

Bits of Future Today

The Governments of Senegal, Somalia, Rwanda, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Congo-Brazzaville have signed official letters of interest, with the intention of very soon implementing their first industrial installations. Many other African Governments have expressed their willingness to join the initiative.

Important international organizations active in development cooperation – such as the FAO, IFAD, the Word Bank and the African Development Bank – have shown their appreciation of the Project and Hyst Technology.

In Italy, after having received the approval of various authorities – first and foremost the Presidency of the Republic – Bits of Future: Food for All was also welcomed by the Ministry of International Cooperation and Integration. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Ministry of Health confirmed the validity and safety of Hyst products intended for food and feed use.

In addition to ENEA, prestigious Italian universities – such as ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, Campus Bio-Medico of Rome and the University of Milan – have initiated research projects in collaboration with the Association in order to define these products and explore new fields of application.