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Sustainable Protein Production and Consumption: Pigs or Peas?

  • Provides a multidisciplinary approach (political, social, technological and scientific) of alternative protein production options and their impacts
  • Studies the entire protein chain (from primary production via processing and consumption to waste), rather than concentrating on the primary production, as has often been the focus of reasearch in this area
  • A predominant role is given to consumer preferences in the design of alternative protein chains
  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Environment & Policy (ENPO, volume 45)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Background, Aims and Scope

    • Harry Aiking, Joop de Boer
    Pages 1-21
  3. Environmental Sustainability

    • Harry Aiking, Joop de Boer, Martine Helms, David Niemeijer, Xueqin Zhu, Ekko C. van Ierland et al.
    Pages 23-50
  4. Technological Feasibility

    • Johan M. Vereijken, Lynn Heng, Francesca E. O’Kane, Xinyou Yin, Jan Vos, Egbert A. Lantinga et al.
    Pages 51-98
  5. Social Desirability: Consumer Aspects

    • Joop de Boer, Annet Hoek, Hanneke Elzerman
    Pages 99-127
  6. Social Desirability: National and International Context

    • Joop de Boer, Marike Vijver, Lia van Wesenbeeck, Claudia Herok, Onno Kuik
    Pages 129-153
  7. Emerging Options and Their Implications

    • Harry Aiking, Joop de Boer, Johan M. Vereijken, Anita Linnemann, Frank Willemsen, Radhika Apaiah et al.
    Pages 155-191
  8. Transition Feasibility and Implications for Stakeholders

    • Harry Aiking, Joop de Boer, Johan M. Vereijken
    Pages 193-215
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 217-229

About this book

Sustainable Protein Production and Consumption: Pigs or Peas? is a book that presents and explores the PROFETAS programme for development of a more sustainable food system by studying the feasibility of substituting meat with plant based alternatives. The emphasis is on improving the food system by reducing the use of energy, land, and freshwater, at the same time limiting the impacts on health and animal welfare associated with intensive livestock production. It is clear that such a new perspective calls not only for advanced environmental and technological research, but also for in-depth societal research, as the acceptance of new food systems is critically contingent on perceptions and attitudes of modern consumers. In this unique multidisciplinary setting, PROFETAS has opened up pathways for a major transition in protein food production and consumption, not by just analyzing the food chain, but rather by exploring the entire agricultural system, including biomass for energy production and the use of increasingly scarce freshwater resources. The study presented here is intended to benefit every stakeholder in the food chain from policymakers to consumers, and it offers guiding principles for a transition towards an ecologically and socially sustainable food system from a multi-level perspective.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book is a highlight in multidisciplinary studies on innovative food production and consumption in an era of new scarcity and offers useful guiding principles for a transition towards an ecologically and socially sustainable food system from a global perspective. The authors/researchers ought to be complimented for their creative research results which deserve to be disseminated to a wide audience."
(Peter Nijkamp, President NWO)

"This book sets out the findings of the PROFETAS … research programme, which studied the options for more sustainable food production and consumption. … The book argues for a ‘protein transition’. … informed by a range of disciplines whose methodologies are integrated together into a coherent analysis, presents a powerful and reasoned case for both the ethical expedient worth of the protein transition. … is emphatic that a debate involving the public is needed on the introduction of NPFs." (Emyr Vaughan Thomas, Environmental Values, Vol. 16 (4), 2007)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

    Harry Aiking, Joop Boer

  • Agrotechnology & Food Innovations BV, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen

    Johan Vereijken

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