The PROTEOS project's goal is to find substitutes and extenders for animal protein; increase agri-production efficiencies; and finally, extend the range of animal protein products.
Ensuring sufficient protein-rich foods to meet future demand requires cooperation between knowledge institutions, governments and private sector parties, from large multinationals to small and medium businesses. The Riddet Institute of Massey University and Wageningen UR have developed the PROTEOS project to approach the challenge of the rapidly growing demand for protein-rich foods.
The project explores a range of initiatives that will help to close the gap between demand and supply. Three simultaneous changes are proposed which will need to be made to meet future animal-derived protein needs:
- Shifting protein sources up the supply chain. This means that high quality proteins currently consumed by animals in intensive production systems will need to be diverted to human use, while new sources of protein or amino acids, including food waste, will need to be developed to continue to support animal production.
- The use of plant-based substitutes or extenders for animal-derived protein foods.
- The use of novel protein sources for both production animal and human nutrition.