National Protein Strategy
The deal is part of the National Protein Strategy, which was launched in 2020 and is aimed at increasing the self-sufficiency rate of proteins. LNV Minister Staghouwer signed the Deal and is enthusiastic: ‘With this Green Deal, we are putting our shoulders under a major challenge. It is now important that we turn our signatures into deeds. Together with all parties, we can turn a risky crop into a good business model and a useful crop for soil and biodiversity’.
Breeders such as KeyGene and Limagrain are also participating in the deal. Together with research and educational institutions such as the Louis Bolk Institute, Wageningen University & Research, HAS University of Applied Sciences and Aeres, they are working on the development of new varieties that thrive better on Dutch soil. We are also looking at supplying products that meet the wishes of processors and consumers. The realisation of processing infrastructure requires long-term commitment; ideally, cultivation, processing and consumption should be as close as possible to each other. This deal has been initiated for the next ten years with the intention of continuing thereafter.
The Deal focuses on appreciation; not only for the arable farmers who are committed to the currently risky cultivation, but also among consumers. To this end, participating parties such as Rabobank, Compass Group, Hutten, Udea/Ekoplaza and the World Wildlife Fund are launching campaigns to make it attractive and easy for all Dutch people to put home-grown vegetable proteins on the menu.
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