EU sustainable protein production: Call for a...
EU sustainable protein production

Call for a sustainable EU protein plan

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According to the joint statement, the EU is structurally in deficit while protein demand keeps growing; therefore, urgent action on a European level is necessary to achieve a resilient and sustainable domestic production.
According to the joint statement, the EU is structurally in deficit while protein demand keeps growing; therefore, urgent action on a European level is necessary to achieve a resilient and sustainable domestic production.

BELGIUM, Brussels. Stakeholders of the European protein value chain called on the European Commission and the member states of the EU to promote the domestic cultivation and use of European plant-sourced protein.

In a joint statement by COPA&COGECA, Euroseeds and FEFAC, the organisations reacted to the EU Council's declaration on improving food security by reducing EU dependencies on key imported agricultural products and inputs. To become more self-reliant, the Council had proposed increasing the EU production of plant-based proteins and the upcoming Commission ́s communication on affordable food and fair farm income.


In their statement last week, the agricultural organisations called on the EU Commission to "take a leading role in promoting the domestic cultivation and use of European plant-sourced protein" and added that there was no "simple and easy solution to overcome the EU deficit in high protein sources." They also do not believe Europe would reach self-sufficiency in the short or midterm, especially if access to best-in-class breeding techniques, crop protection products, and fertilisers falls short.

The organisations said that consistent European and Member State policies were necessary "to achieve a sustainable EU protein plan and offer European farmers new ways to adapt supply to changing demand" and ensure competitiveness, high quality and resilience of the European plant protein sector. Thus, they called for a set of measures to increase domestic protein production to reduce dependency on imports, increase diversity in crop use and lower carbon footprint.

These measures should include a consistent and innovation-friendly EU framework, provide long-term incentives to stakeholders, develop a balance sheet to track productions and consumptions of food plant protein, support the development of national feed protein balance sheets and educational communication to consumers.

Source: COPA-COGECA

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