FAO Science & Innovation Forum side event: Protein Transition - from Pain Points to Perspective
Proteins are the building blocks of life on earth, but the way we produce and consume them is no longer sustainable. We need a transition towards a sustainable, equitable and balanced protein system. But how to resolve barriers in the protein transition? And what perspectives do policy makers have? This FAO Science and Innovation Forum side-event delivers a science-based dialogue about the protein transition.
The program starts by level-setting global protein production and consumption figures based on the WUR Protein Atlas, developed using FAO data, and thereafter dives into protein transition bottlenecks, examining contentious topics through a fact-based and solution-oriented lens. The discussion starts with prioritizing interventions to stimulate consumer change and strategies to achieve a viable future for farmers, followed by a deep-dive into strategies for sustainable animal protein production. The program combines short scientific presentations with two in-depth panel discussions translating science to policy and practice.
Science and Innovation Forum 2022
This event is organized by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) as part of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022.
14:00 - 15:00 Consumption shift & future for farmers
|14:00||Presentation: WUR Protein Atlas - Mapping protein streams: making evidence-based decisions in the transition.||Bas Hetterscheid MSc, business developer, WUR|
|14:10||Presentation: Prioritizing interventions to stimulate consumer change||Prof. Dr. Emely de Vet, Consumption & Healthy Lifestyles, WUR|
|14:20||Presentation: Future for farmers: how to bring technological innovations around alternative dairy proteins to the farm?||Assistant Prof. Dr. Etske Bijl, Food Quality and Design, WUR|
|14:30||Panel discussion: How can consumption shift and new strategies for farmers co-exist? What level of change can we ask of consumers? What strategies do we have to increase consumption of whole plants? What is the role of “high tech” solutions in helping the dietary shift? What are the barriers to economic success in protein crop cultivation now? What are the keys to economic success? How can high and low tech be combined on the farm of the future?||Panel members: Andre Jurrius, Farmer Ecofarm de Lingehof and Co-founder Lekker Lupine; Marjolein Brasz, Director Food Valley and Co-coordinator Dutch Green Deal Protein-rich Crops; Dr. Marleen Onwezen, Consumer and Chain, WUR; Assistant Prof. Zoë Robaey, Philosophy, WUR||Moderator: Dr. Stacy Pyett, Co-coordinator Protein Transition, WUR|
15:00 - 16:00 Circular food systems
|15:00||Presentation: Short term alternatives to feed – comparing insects, microalgae and side streams||Adriaan Vernooij, MSc, Wageningen Livestock Research, WUR|
|15:10||Presentation: Animals as recyclers: toward circular food systems||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hannah van Zanten, Farming Systems Ecology, WUR|
|15:20||Panel discussion: What are effective strategies for sustainable animal protein production? What feed sources are available on the short-term for different geographical regions? What would the ideal future scenario look like to maximize sustainability while ensuring food security?||Panel members: Marcel van Heesewijk, CEO and Founder, Investancia; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hannah van Zanten, Farming Systems Ecology, WUR; Adriaan Vernooij, MSc, Wageningen Livestock Research, WUR; Philipp Straub, CTO & Co-founder Marula Proteen||Moderator: Dr. Stacy Pyett, Co-coordinator Protein Transition, WUR|
|15:50||Wrap up||Dr. Stacy Pyett, Co-coordinator Protein Transition, WUR|