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Studies & Numbers

Report Discusses Fairest Way to Shift High-Income Countries to Plant-Based Diets

A report by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has assessed how high-income countries could best transition from industrialised animal agriculture to plant-based diets. Citing strong evidence that this transition will be necessary in the fight against climate change, the report examines how it can be done fairly, with costs and benefits evenly distributed. This will be important in garnering public support for meat reduction policies, especially among those who work in animal agriculture or consider meat an important part of their diet and culture. According to SEI, the concept of a just transition is widely recognised in the energy sector but has only recently been considered in the context of the food industry. The institute’s report examines which stakeholders would be most affected by a …


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Dutch Government Funds Project to Assess Characteristics of Microbial Proteins 

A Dutch public-private consortium is collaborating on a multi-year project to optimise the processing conditions for different microbial organisms, including microalgae, bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. The project’s aim is to assess which microbial proteins have the functional, economic, and sustainability characteristics needed to create protein-rich ingredients for food applications.  Rianne Ruijschop, Department Head of Health at NIZO and the consortium’s coordinator, explains that the project is divided into four experimental sections to address the challenges of producing microbial proteins. These are efficient culturing of organisms, growing industrial sidestreams, ensuring feasible biomass yields with high protein/low nucleic acid composition, and developing scalable processes. At the end of the project, food application trials will be performed on a selected set of proteins, focusing on dairy, meat, and …


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Market & Trends

The UK’s Protein Transition in Four Graphs

With kind permission from researcher and data analyst Chris Bryant, what follows is a graphic depiction of the protein transition in the UK, where the number of vegans more than doubled in just three years. 1. Per capita total meat consumption decreased 17% in the 10 years to 2019 According to figures published in the Lancet, average UK meat consumption fell from 104g/day in 2008-2009 to just 86g/day in 2018-2019. 2. Per capita red meat consumption decreased 37% in the 10 years to 2019 The same paper showed average red meat consumption falling by more than a third from 37g/day to 24g/day over the same period. Fish consumption was fairly steady, while poultry consumption increased slightly.  3. The number of vegans more than doubled from …


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Investments & Finance

Heura Secures $16M to Accelerate Protein Transition: “Our Mission is Clear and Now We Have the Fuel to Get There Faster”

Spanish plant-based meat brand Heura, announces a €16M investment round led by Impact Fooding. Founded in 2017 by Marc Coloma and Bernat Añaños, the investment round aims to accelerate the protein transition by removing animals from the food system. The food activist brand is backed by mission-driven investors including Impact Fooding, Unovis, Lever VC, Capital V and Green Monday. Earlier this month, the company closed a crowdfunding round to offer its committed Good Rebels community the chance to own shares in the company for as little as €20. International football players such as Saúl Ñíguez, Sergi Roberto, Cesc Fábregas and Chris Smalling took part in the raise, a clear demonstration of their confidence in the brand and allowing Heura to maintain its exponential growth rate. …