Each year EU imports more than 11 megaton soy protein from US and South America, worth $3.8 billion USD for its pig- and poultry production. Can this be changed to a greener, local and yet just as economical home production?
Preliminary calculations indicate that forage-based proteins already today represent an attractive alternative for organic meat producers, due to high international prices on organic soy. When it comes to conventional farming there are still a number of factors that needs to be optimized before a convincing competition with imported soy can be realized. Several of these factors are now being addressed in a number of Public Private Partnership projects both at the national- and at the EU-level.