We are spiraling toward a precarious future on a planetary scale, marked by imbalanced trends on four fronts: food, energy, poverty, and the environment.

By 2050, 9 billion people will need food and energy sources—and the world’s poorest must find effective ways to avoid shrinking further into abject poverty. Compounding the challenge, all this must happen while reducing our environmental footprint. AFEX technology delivers a game-changing solution to this grand challenge.


Our Pathway to Prosperity infographic provides a snapshot of how AFEX builds a legacy of positive global impact through transformative biotechnology:

Contact MBI Communications Director Aaryn Richard at to learn more about how you can join our efforts to maximize AFEX’s global impact.

Did you know?

For every ton of corn, wheat and rice harvested today, an equal amount of crop residue is left behind. Nature locks away sugar sources in these residues, making them inaccessible. As the world faces rapidly increasing demands for sustainable food and fuels—by 2050, the planet will have to support 9 billion people—the ability to access these untapped sugar sources becomes all the more urgent.

After decades of research, a world-renowned scientist at Michigan State University (MSU) discovered an ingenious way to liberate these sugars, transforming ordinary crop residues into sustainable renewable fuels and feed for beef and dairy cattle.

The technology, called AFEX, would be sitting on a laboratory shelf today had it not been for a breakthrough innovation at MBI, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit inspired by a mission to enhance quality of life by collaboratively accelerating the commercialization of sustainable biobased technologies.