In 2050, there will be up to 10 billion inhabitants worldwide, being one of the greatest environmental, economic and social global challenges to produce enough quality protein sustainably, reducing current pressure in its production on natural resources. In this context, the EU is vulnerable due to its “protein gap”. There is an urgent need for new sustainable protein sources with high nutritional quality, healthy and functionality properties that meet end-users needs and expectations in food, feed and non-food biobased markets. It is critical to increase the consumers and industry awareness to successfully implement new protein value chains.
The INNOPROTEIN project fully faces this challenge and fits into the Farm to Fork Strategy and the European Green Deal priorities addressing unexploitable and sustainable (environmental, technological, economic & social) protein sources to accelerate EUROPE’S PROTEIN SELF-SUFFICIENCY. The project aims to provide Single Cells Proteins (microalgae, bacteria & fungal) and entomological alternative high-quality protein to food, feed and non-food biobased applications with a CIRCULAR & ZERO WASTE perspective in their obtention.