A new UK report says governments around
the world are recognizing the need to incubate the alternative protein sector.
Social Market Foundations has just released a new report calling on the UK
government to invest in alternative proteins to meet its climate targets.
Raising cows, sheep and chicken contributes
to carbon emissions and to meet its climate targets. Britain will need to
reduce meat consumption, the paper said.
One study has suggested plan-based
substitutes have a greenhouse gas emission footprint up to 93% smaller than
conventional meat production. However, the report observes that despite the
growing popularity of diets and products designed to reduce how much meat is in
the diet, meat consumption is not falling quickly. It said the UK today
consumes only 6% less meat per capita in the home than in 1974.
The report significantly said policy
interventions will be needed to help consumers change their buying and eating
habits more quicky. Political conversation has so far focused on the purpose of
taxing people into reducing meat consumption, but also governments around the
world are recognizing the need to incubate the alternative protein sector,
given the high risk, multi-disciplinary nature of R&D and the potential
benefits to the public finances, economy, human health, and the environment.
The government can help deliver a thriving
alternative protein market by providing funding for a new research cluster and
strategic support for the industry. The global race for alternative proteins is
on and the UK should be leading the change.
Plant-based proteins continue to dominate
the so-called ‘alternative protein’ category, new options are emerging, and consumers
are trying to eat more plant-based products and they are looking for more
variety and options beyond the bun. Governments and companies need to invest to
generate new alternatives and commercial opportunities.
As noticed above, this is a clear example that the food industry will
require more from the business sector, like greater differentiation and
innovation to attract the consumer and more R&D to develop substitute foods
for animal products. Costa Rican companies can offer a variety of crops to this
category, so as support in research to better understand the potential uses and
food nutrition content of this products. Companies can work to include elements
of sustainability and traceability, as well as innovation in its products that
help them stay in an increasingly competitive market.
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