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Nordic Alternative Protein Potentials

Mapping of regional bioeconomy opportunities

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Within agri- and aquaculture, a specific bioeconomy challenge – and a bioeconomy opportunity – has been identified concerning sustainable protein supply for livestock production and fish farming. Today, imported soy products are by far the most important protein source however several alternative ways of producing protein rich feed has been identified using regional resources. Production of legumes, pulses and grass can be expanded. Alternative protein rich sources include single cell protein (bacteria/fungi), macroalgae (seaweed), mussels and insects. Local protein production has a number of benefits in the form of generation of local jobs, reduction in the import of nutrients and in general boosting the bioeconomy. Many of the alternative ways of producing protein rich feed are still under development, this report therefor also includes recommendations concerning how to proceed.

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Local Protein Challenges from a Farmers Perspective

In this chapter, local protein production with focus on Latvia is described. This includes a farmer’s point-of-view. In order to understand the current situation in Latvia, a historical interpretation/perspective is also included. Local conditions (geographical, land, climate) and adequacy for local protein production is considered. Some alternative protein sources as earthworm and mussels are developing, while still they are not ready for playing an important role in the protein sector in the region. Recommendations from the farmer’s perspective are elaborated in the following section, covering practical and policy development needs.

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