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Nordic Alternative Protein Potentials

Mapping of regional bioeconomy opportunities

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Within agri- and aquaculture, a specific bioeconomy challenge – and a bioeconomy opportunity – has been identified concerning sustainable protein supply for livestock production and fish farming. Today, imported soy products are by far the most important protein source however several alternative ways of producing protein rich feed has been identified using regional resources. Production of legumes, pulses and grass can be expanded. Alternative protein rich sources include single cell protein (bacteria/fungi), macroalgae (seaweed), mussels and insects. Local protein production has a number of benefits in the form of generation of local jobs, reduction in the import of nutrients and in general boosting the bioeconomy. Many of the alternative ways of producing protein rich feed are still under development, this report therefor also includes recommendations concerning how to proceed.

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Nordic Added Value of Alternative Feed Protein Potentials in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region

Bioeconomy has been high on the agenda of Nordic cooperation during the recent years. Various studies on Nordic bioeconomy include e.g. Nordic Innovation (2014) on Nordic bioeconomy resources, Nordregio (2014) on Regional state-of-the-art and potential of Nordic bioeconomy, and Matis (2014) on bioeconomy in Iceland, Greenland, and Faroe Islands. The Nordic studies on bioeconomy have been complemented by Nordic & Baltic mapping of bioeconomy actors (2014) by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic sustainable protein production initiative takes the previous studies on Nordic & Baltic bioeconomy as one point of departure, and makes an attempt to focus on increasing cooperation between relevant actors in the field of sustainable proteins in Nordic and Baltic countries and regions.

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