PROFETAS aims to develop
and evaluate potential stepwise changes for an alternative to the current
way of food supply. The focus is on the transition towards a more vegetarian
Western consumption pattern. The hypothesis is that a partial replacement of
animal proteins with plant proteins in the diet is:
1. environmentally more sustainable than present trends
2. technologically feasible
3. socially acceptable
The transition is studied using the (partial) replacement of pork with novel protein foods (NPFs) based on dry green peas as an example.
One of the gaps between theory and practice of reducing animal production by replacing meat with NPFs is the technological innovation necessary to create marketable plant protein products. NPFs will be the products of a new technology which has to compete with the established technology of animal protein production. The search, development and adoption of new products depends on the capabilities and incentives of the industry and on broader societal issues such as market conditions, consumer acceptance and public policies.
The results of the 3
environmental projects are detailed in The