“We need investment in specific topics like special crops, new crops, value systems that involve farmers,” Matthias Krön, President of Donau Soja, says in this video from a question during a webinar on a discussion of the need for more research and budgets for plant-based foods to help accelerate the shift to sustainable food systems.
“First and foremost, research needs to focus on taste and sensory,” added Michel Mellema, Global Innovation Director Re-Imagine Protein at International Flavors & Fragrances. “Sensory is not always seen as a serious academic topic yet.”
Krön and Mellema will be continuing the discussion on Value Chain Research Investments during our Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Summit Europe, 21-23 June in the Netherlands. Mellema will be chair of Track IV which will be focused exclusively on the topic.
You can read about the April 20th webinar and watch more videos 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, 11 thought-leaders created videos discussing the need for increased funding, watch here.
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