As the world's population grows, so does the number of mouths we need to feed together. This means, for example, that more starch, sugars, dietary fibre and proteins will be needed. In addition to increase in the size of the population, we’re also seeing an increase in the importance of a balanced diet. A diet that’s good for people and the planet. This is something Cosun wants to contribute to.
Currently, about 60% of protein intake in the Netherlands comes from animal sources, compared to 40% from plant sources. Shifting this balance to 40% animal and 60% plant-based is not only healthy, it’s also more sustainable. This is why we’re cooperating with a range of other organisations to encourage a shift in this protein balance: the so-called protein transition.
We want to apply our knowledge of plant food innovation to accelerate the protein transition. The Fascinating project is just one example of how we’re carrying out research into discovering which new protein crops are the most promising and the most profitable to become a part of our diet. Applications include protein from field beans or beet leaf in vegan strawberry ice cream and