Sustainable and healthy proteins

Within the Sustainable Food Initiative (SFI), we identified four topics of interest and relevance for the protein transition to work on in a collaborative approach.

  1. Towards a global improvement of a healthy protein –> ingredient –> product
  2. Whole material approach – mild fractionation
  3. Whole chain approach
  4. Techno functional properties of plant & cellular proteins and use of predictive & automated screening approaches
    These will be elaborated upon in more detail in the presentation.
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CASEIN: the secret to a tasty plant-based future

As the environmental and health problems rise, Fooditive has developed the world’s first-ever industrial-scale plant-based Vegan Casein that is produced by precision fermentation that mimics the same cow protein using DNA sequencing. Fooditive Casein is a cruelty-free, sustainable, healthy, and scalable ingredient with the same functions as milk protein, with the difference that it is much safer for the environment.

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Making vertical farming fruitful and colourful

Beyond lettuce and herbs. Cooperation is key to create fruitful and colourful products! Finding new ways of food production together with our global partners and stimulate creativity to grow sustainable food.

Technologies/services that can enhance plant growth like sensing, artificial intelligence, and data driven services have the greatest potential in the short and long run. This will be key to serve the changing consumer needs.

Presented by Stefan van de Voort, Plant Specialist Vertical Farming at Signify.

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Vertical farming: How to bring a dream to reality

luuk graamans

Expanding cities across the world rely increasingly on the global food network, but should they? Population growth, urbanisation and climate change place pressure on this network, bringing its resilience into question. For decades urban agriculture has been discussed in popular media and academia as a potential solution to improve food security, quality and sustainability. The new idol in this discussion is the vertical farm: A fully closed system for crop production.

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Is vertical farming a triple-bottom-line sustainable solution?

Sustainability is often referred to as the “triple bottom line” meaning economic, social, and environmental impact. This presentation will assess how well vertical farming is doing across the 3 areas today by exploring real-world vertical farming case studies. The future of vertical farming will also be explored to determine if there is a future for this rapidly accelerating form of agriculture to have a comprehensive sustainability solution.

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The shift towards alternative protein, an investor’s perspective

Big Idea Ventures

Investors are constantly looking out for innovation within the alternative protein industry, including plant-based and cell-based technology. Big Idea Ventures (BIV) supports the world’s best entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers. We have invested more than 40 companies in the alternative protein sector and will be highlighting several technologies that are established by our portfolio companies.

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Quorn -a case study in the development and marketing of a new protein

qurorn
  1. Something is broken in the way we produce and consume our food
  2. Our demand for cheaper and more plentiful food is unsustainable and our addiction to meat is literally costing the earth
  3. Malnutrition and food inequality remains unacceptable with over 20% of global non communicable disease now attributed to poor diets – worse than smoking.
  4. We can no longer separate the impacts of our dietary choices on their impacts on the health of our bodies and of the planet as well.
  5. We need healthy new proteins with a low environmental impact as an important tool to help address a sustainable food future.
  6. We need scientific underpinning to create a strong evidence and proof points for change that will help to change behaviour and remove consumer uncertainty. The Quorn story is a good example of what has to be done and, importantly, what continues to be done
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