EU Parliament votes to transform protein production for a more sustainable future
20 October 2023
Plant Protein Strategy seeks to address food insecurity and deforestation
Food awareness organisation, ProVeg International, has welcomed a European Parliament vote last night on a non-binding, own initiative report that calls for the EU to boost the production and consumption of high protein crops.
“Increasing plant protein production and consumption is a necessary and important step towards a sustainable future,” Lucia Hortelano, EU Policy Manager at ProVeg, said
“We need to reduce our dependence on imports and explore innovative protein sources for the benefit of both food security and the environment,” Hortelano added.
The Parliament’s report emphasises the importance of plant-based proteins for both food security and the environment. The report was drawn up after the European Commission announced in its 2022 food security communication a revision of its 2018 report on the development of plant proteins.
The European Parliament began work on its report to influence the Commission’s strategy. While an own initiative report is non-binding and more meant to express what the Parliament would like to see in a strategy, it is nonetheless important as it specifically addresses the promotion of alternative proteins.
The global grain supply was disrupted by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, a major wheat producer. Whilst the EU is a net exporter of wheat itself, the impact on prices threatens food affordability for EU citizens on low income.
On top of this, soya grown in the Amazon for sale as animal feed in the EU continues to contribute to widespread deforestation and the EU remains heavily reliant on soya imports.
The Parliament report calls for increased production and consumption of plant protein crops within the EU. It also advocates for sustainable soy production, further research and innovation in plant-based protein production, environmental transparency, and support for leguminous crops.
“We invite the Commission to seize this chance to present a more ambitious report to support the future of plant-based and alternative proteins once the final report is published early next year,” Hortelano said.
For media inquiries, email Lucia Hortelano, ProVeg’s EU Policy Manager, at [email protected]
About ProVeg International
Our vision is a world where everyone chooses delicious and healthy food that is good for all humans, animals, and our planet. ProVeg International is a food awareness organisation with the mission to replace 50% of animal products globally with plant-based and cultivated foods by 2040.