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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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Regional Potentials in Protein Supply from Agriculture

In this section, we present an overview of agricultural plants as bioresources for protein for the animal and fish feed industry, promoting more economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural production systems in the Baltic Sea region. The aim is to map the status and economy of protein crops cultivated in the countries and to give recommendations to political processes to move forward. This section is based on the work in two parallel small projects, namely “Sustainable Nordic Protein Production, Nordic Bio-economy” and the “Baltic Sea Region/Nordic Sustainable Protein Production Initiative – Mapping of Regional Potentials” – both financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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