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.



Protein Value Chain – Insects

If predictions hold, by 2050 the world will host 9 billion people, which could mean that current food production will need to double. This will put a strain on external proteins sources as well as natural resources in general and environmental and social aspects have to be considered. From a Nordic and European perspective, a large proportion of the protein demand is met with soy protein from South America. The production of soy in rain forest areas raises environmental concerns and with increase in demand, prices will subsequently rise. This affects the availability of protein for our animal production. We need to re-evaluate what we eat and how we produce it. Inefficiencies need to be rectified and food waste reduced. We need to find new ways of growing food.


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