Why plant-based proteins products ?
By 2050, 9 billion people will live on the planet, hence the need to intensify food production. Prospective studies show that food supply challenges will be on proteins rather than on lipids and carbohydrates.
While agriculture is already rich in protein production, animal-based proteins are still often favoured to plant-based proteins.
As a result, the biggest source of protein in the European Union is products of animal origin. 59% of daily protein intake comes from animal products (meat, fish, milk) and 41% from plant sources, more than half of which is wheat (FAOSTAT, 2009). Pulses and soya account for around 3% of daily protein consumption in Europe.
The French consume on average between 85 and 90g of protein per day, of which 60 to 65g are of animal origin*.
It is therefore critical to strike a better balance between animal-based proteins and plant-based proteins in people’s diets.
To achieve this, we must better understand plant-based proteins, innovate their production and processing to facilitate and accelerate consumption. This stake is not only primordial to nourish Humanity, it is also essential for the planet. The environmental impact resulting from the production of these proteins is often much lower than that of animal-based proteins.
* Source: Plant and animal-based proteins: towards a new equilibrium, INRA, April 2016