Ensuring sustainable production of alternative proteins such as insects and plants
Protein is a key part of the human diet and essential for good health. The main source of dietary protein tends to come from livestock products.
Livestock protein products can have negative environmental impacts. These impacts include high greenhouse gas emissions and water demand. There is, therefore, an increasing need to consider alternative protein sources.
Sources include traditional plant-based proteins and novel insect proteins.
Over the last five years, focus has shifted from the idea of insects as a temporary novelty to a genuine opportunity to diversity our food supply chains. There are pending revisions to UK legislation as well as increased interest from food and feed suppliers.
Since 2018, insects have been allowed in aquaculture. Novel food legislation may soon assess use for human consumption.
We can help companies overcome the challenges of switching to alternative proteins. Products will need to compete with established supply chains and will be subject to the same traceability and accountability requirements.
We have extensive experience assessing supply chain risk and resilience and developing sustainable production systems in crops and livestock. This enables us to support clients develop their business through delivering:
- High quality research
- Policy/strategy development
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Impact assessments
- Market assessment and industry intelligence
- Project management and facilitation
If you would like to know more about alternative proteins or the prospect of insects in food and feed supply chains, contact Managing Director Sarah Wynn.