“We need a research strategy, we need an upscale strategy and this is something we should work on together. No one can do it alone. But we can all do it together,” Matthias Krön, president of Donau Soja, says in this video from a question during a webinar on the need for more research and budgets for plant-based foods to help accelerate the shift to sustainable food systems.
It would be important to define the common objective with so many countries, said Sonja Kalkhoven, R&D director at Upfield. “We need critical mass on the problems we’re trying to solve. We have to create that urgency. Then, indeed, make some choices and go for it.”
The webinar was in advance of our Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Summit Europe, 21-23 June in the Netherlands. Track IV, Value Chain Research Investments, will be focused exclusively on the topic.
You can read about the April 20th webinar and watch more videos from the event here.
It was part of a joint initiative led by Bridge2Food and the European Alliance for Plant-Based Foods (EAPF), as a coalition of more than 60 organisations calls on the European Commission to increase Horizon Europe R&I funds for plant-based foods. As part of this initiative the two organizations released a joint letter and a joint paper. As well, 10 thought-leaders created videos discussing the need for increased funding, watch here.
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