Initial results from a research project by New Zealand and Dutch scientists suggest consumer reliance on animal-based protein will increase substantially by 2050. The catalyst for the project was a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization, carried out about five years ago, into the future world demand for protein.
Massey University's Riddet Institute principal scientist Mike Boland, Ph.D., said the research is considering how the increased demand can be met in an environmentally sustainable way. He says animal source protein is the most valuable nutritional protein. Protein nutrition is an important and perhaps less considered area than total nutrition, with most of the studies on hunger and need focusing on calories. If people don't get enough protein they won't grow properly or have good health, even if they have enough calories.
Boland said it's widely accepted that as countries develop, the consumer demand for animal protein increases. Currently about 40 percent of human protein needs come from animal products.
Reprinted in part from Radio New Zealand