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Developing robust strategies and policy suggestions for transitioning European protein-rich food consumption and production towards more sustainable patterns (En Revision)

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  • Natural sciences and health sciences

Global diets have shifted towards greater consumption of animal products. These shifts are implicated in environmental and human health challenges. A wealth of research insists these shifts be reversed to ensure future food security, mitigation of climate change, and reduce diet related deaths. In describing the benefits of these reversals, detailed means of transitioning from the present to a desired future are often not characterised. In this paper we aim to fill this gap, whilst providing policy recommendations for encouraging such transitions. We focus on options for reversing recent trends from animal products back to plant-based products, specifically legumes. This crop grouping was selected due to its focus within the EU funded PROTEIN2FOOD project, their high protein content, and their potential as replacements for animal products. We combine an analysis of historical trends (1961-2013) in consumption and production of animal and plant-products in the European Union, with a two-phase participatory analysis consisting of: application of card technique and voting to identify barriers and opportunities for legumes in the EU; and implementation of participatory backcasting to derive potential policy strategies for increasing future legume production and consumption by 2030. The results show that animal product consumption increased >50%, with legume consumption reducing around 5% since the 1960s. Production of animal-based products more than doubled, with legumes increasing marginally. Stakeholders identified that agronomic, supply chain, and consumer awareness barriers prevent greater consumption and production of legumes. Four policy strategies for reversing historical trends and addressing the current situation were formulated: increased research and development, enriched consumer education and awareness, improved and connected supply and value chains, and public policy supports. These strategies could, under greater development, form the foundation for policy pathways for transitioning protein consumption and production across the EU.
Food Policy
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  • Creador: Departamento: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas