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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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Summary and Recommendations

There is an increasing demand for dairy and meat products on the global market. In the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region, there is already a considerable production of these products, which is expected to increase. At present, the production of dairy and meat products relies on large quantities of imported protein rich feed in the form of soy products from South America. The production of soy in South America is considered by many organisations, however, to be unsustainable.

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