Transitioning European Protein-Rich Food Consumption and Production towards More Sustainable Patterns—Strategies and Policy Suggestions

Manners, Rhys and Blanco Gutiérrez, Irene and Varela Ortega, Consuelo and Tarquis Alfonso, Ana Maria (2020). Transitioning European Protein-Rich Food Consumption and Production towards More Sustainable Patterns—Strategies and Policy Suggestions. "Sustainability", v. 12 (n. 5); p. 1962. ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051962.

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Title: Transitioning European Protein-Rich Food Consumption and Production towards More Sustainable Patterns—Strategies and Policy Suggestions
Author/s:
  • Manners, Rhys
  • Blanco Gutiérrez, Irene
  • Varela Ortega, Consuelo
  • Tarquis Alfonso, Ana Maria
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: 4 March 2020
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 12
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: future; meat substitution; plant proteins; stakeholders; backcasting; pathways
Faculty: Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios y Medioambientales (CEIGRAM) (UPM)
Department: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas
UPM's Research Group: Economía Agraria y Gestión de los Recursos Naturales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - Non commercial

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Abstract

Global and European diets have shifted towards greater consumption of animal proteins. Recent studies urge reversals of these trends and call for a rapid transition towards adoption of more plant-based diets. This paper explored mechanisms to increase the production and consumption of plant-proteins in Europe by 2030, using participatory backcasting. We identified pathways to the future (strategies), as well as interim milestones, barriers, opportunities and actions, with key European stakeholders in the agri-food chain. Results show that four strategies could be implemented to achieve the desired future: increased research and development, enriched consumer education and awareness, improved and connected supply and value chains and public policy supports. Actions needed to reach milestones were required immediately, reinforcing the need for urgent actions to tackle the protein challenge. This study concretely detailed how idealized dietary futures can be achieved in a real-world context. It can support EU protein transition by informing policy makers and the broader public on potential ways to move towards a more sustainable plant-based future. The outputs of this analysis have the potential to be combined with dietary scenarios to develop more temporally explicit models of future dietary changes and how to reach them.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Horizon 2020635727-2PROTEIN2FOODConsuelo Varela OrtegaDevelopment of high quality food protein from multi-purpose crops through optimized, sustainable production and processing methods

More information

Item ID: 66815
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/66815/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:66815
DOI: 10.3390/su12051962
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051962
Deposited by: Irene Blanco Gutiérrez
Deposited on: 22 Apr 2021 06:14
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 06:14
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