The potential of future foods for sustainable and healthy diets

A. Parodi, A. Leip, I.J.M. De Boer, P.M. Slegers, F. Ziegler, E.H.M. Temme, M. Herrero, H. Tuomisto, H. Valin, C.E. Van Middelaar, J.J.A. Van Loon, H.H.E. Van Zanten

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Abstract

Altering diets is increasingly acknowledged as an important solution to feed the world’s growing population within the planetary boundaries. In our search for a planet-friendly diet, the main focus has been on eating more plant-source foods, and eating no or less animal-source foods, while the potential of future foods, such as insects, seaweed or cultured meat has been underexplored. Here we show that compared to current animal-source foods, future foods have major environmental benefits while safeguarding the intake of essential micronutrients. The complete array of essential nutrients in the mixture of future foods makes them good-quality alternatives for current animal-source foods compared to plant-source foods. Moreover, future foods are land-efficient alternatives for animal-source foods, and if produced with renewable energy, they also offer greenhouse gas benefits. Further research on nutrient bioavailability and digestibility, food safety, production costs and consumer acceptance will determine their role as main food sources in future diets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-789
JournalNature Sustainability
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2018

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