The fourth edition of the Mansholt Lecture has taken place in Brussels on Wednesday 18 September 2019. This year the Mansholt Lecture addressed the challenges of future protein production and consumption.
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The challenges of future protein production and consumption
As part of the transition to a fully biobased economy, WUR calls for a new focus on production and consumption. We envision a future in which protein production will need to be sustainable, affordable and healthy. Purposeful combinations of plants, animals, and microorganisms from land and sea will be tailored to local conditions, even where resources are scarce. Global consumption patterns will shift to a more diverse and equitably shared portfolio of sources. Breakthrough innovations, societal shifts, and supportive regulatory changes are therefore required.
Options and challenges for stakeholders
An integrated European platform supporting changes from farm to table will ensure that EU member states continue to lead the ongoing protein transition. During the 2019 Mansholt Lecture WUR presented the options and challenges for stakeholders in the transition towards a sustainable protein production and consumption.