The EU's dependency on soya bean import for the animal feed industry and potential for EU produced alternatives

C.L.M. de Visser, R. Schreuder, F. Stoddard

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Abstract

The European Innovation Partnership Agri has set up a consultation process involving 20 experts from 11 EU countries to discuss the potential of a substantial increase in protein crop production in the EU. The dependency of Europe on soya bean meal imports and the associated drivers are described and underline the need for change. The EIP Agri process resulted in the assessment of the present-day yield gap of protein crops using an approach based on the market values of the protein, starch and plant oil components. Oil-based protein crops seemed to be overall better positioned than starch based protein crops because the price of oil levels is higher than that of starch. Alfalfa was identified as being interesting for regions where drying cost are low. The process also resulted in the identification of opportunities and constraints to be encountered by the innovation process, combining the knowledge and physical infrastructure, market structure, co-operation and interaction and the influence of culturally determined values and beliefs. Therefore, the recommendation is to develop a comprehensive approach to meet the challenge of substantially increasing the EU’s protein crop production
Original languageEnglish
Article numberD407
Number of pages8
Journal OCL Oilseeds and Fats, Crops and Lipids
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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