Research says UK diets could change radically in the coming years

Azolla pasta (AI generated). Image courtesy of Co-op.

Studies & Numbers

Research Predicts Radical Change in UK Diets by 2054, Including Rise in Alternative Proteins

Research conducted by the FixOurFood project and the University of York on behalf of supermarket chain Co-op has predicted a radical change in UK diets over the next 30 years. The research anticipates a significant rise in alternative proteins as consumers become more health-focused and flexitarianism grows in popularity. Urban farming will become more prevalent, and may be used to produce cultivated meat and seafood products. Meanwhile, little-known ingredients such as azolla (aquatic ferns) may become widespread in everything from burgers to pasta. To illustrate these possibilities, Co-op has created a series of AI-generated images of possible future foods. In the coming decades, rising temperatures may mean that produce such as avocados and olives can be grown in the south of England. Traditional preserving methods …


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Agriculture / Agribusiness

Alt Meat Made From Amaranth? UK Scientists Embrace Vertical Farming to Explore New Low Cost Protein

Scientists from the University of York are collaborating on a new environmentally-friendly research project to produce a low-cost alternative protein derived from amaranth that can be used in product formulations of alt meat and other plant-based foods. Funded by Innovate UK, VIP Leaf will bring together vertical farming technology and crop biology experts to develop high-protein amaranth crops with high-yielding performance. The project’s ultimate goal is to address the growing plant-based proteins demand and reduce UK imports of soy and pea. Vertical Future will lead the two-year project with the University of York, Crop Health and Protection Limited (CHAP), an Innovate UK-funded agri-tech centre. Syan Farms and plant-based food company Eat Curious also joined the project. An undervalued crop in the UK Amaranth is undervalued …