Protein Transition in Food research group
The primary goal of the Protein Transition in Food research group is to contribute to the protein transition in the Netherlands. The focus is on plant-based proteins, but the research group is also looking into how this knowledge can be applied on a broader, global level.
Increasing protein demand
With a growing world population and increasing prosperity, the demand for protein and protein-rich products will increase in the coming years. In order to feed this growing, urbanising and prosperous population, food production needs to increase by 70% by 2050. Fred van de Velde is clear that this increasing demand cannot be met with solely traditional sources of protein. Currently, 63% of the proteins in the human diet in the Netherlands comes from animal products (meat, fish, dairy, etc.) and 37% is plant based. A more desirable proportion would be 50:50.
Transition to alternative sources
The protein transition is the transition from traditional sources, such as dairy, meat and soy, to alternative sources from agricultural crops, aquaculture or insects.
Research group focus
The research group focusses on sources of protein from agricultural crops such as legumes. On the one hand, using plant-based and new protein sources for the food industry and, on the other hand, looking at how consumers can reduce their intake of animal-based proteins and which products we can develop to stimulate this transition.
Inaugural lecture of the Protein Transition in Food research group
Download the Inaugural lecture of Dr. Ir. Fred van de Velde:
From seed to society: The green protein landscape.