University of Bayreuth, Presse release No. 132/2022 - 11 August 2022
Alternative proteins for new foods: University of Bayreuth is member of global network
Alternative proteins are now considered essential components of a sustainable, safe, and equitable diet. The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a global NGO that aims to advance the research, production, use and marketing of such proteins. The University of Bayreuth has recently become a member of the GFI’s Alt Protein Project. Alexandra Molitorisová, Federica Ronchetti and Alessandro Monaco, research associates in the Food Law research group, are leading the new "Bayreuth-Kulmbach Alt Protein Project". A total of 36 universities worldwide are now involved in the GFI's "Alt Protein Project", each with its own project. These include the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Stanford, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Duke, UC Davis, Melbourne, Cornell, Chapel Hill, Tufts, Tel Aviv and Utrecht.
One of the ways alternative proteins differ from most proteins found in commercially available foods is that their production generally involves less use of agricultural land and fewer climate-damaging emissions. They are found in sustainably grown crops, but also in products from sustainable livestock farming or in fermentation-based products. Through their research, teaching and knowledge transfer activities, GFI and its Alt Protein Project members aim to ensure that some pressing global challenges – food security, climate change mitigation and sustainable agriculture – can be addressed with the help of new food systems in which alternative proteins play a central role.
Alexandra Molitorisová, Federica Ronchetti and Alessandro Monaco’s "Bayreuth-Kulmbach Alt Protein Project" earned them membership to the GFI’s Alt Protein Project. They were supported by Prof. Dr. Kai Purnhagen, Chair of Food Law at the University of Bayreuth’s campus in Kulmbach. Students, lecturers and researchers of the University of Bayreuth are invited to contribute their expertise to this project. At the Faculty of Life Sciences in Kulmbach, a course entitled "Alternative Proteins: Policies & Regulation" is currently being designed, which will be offered as an elective in the master's programme Global Food, Nutrition & Health. Other plans include regular networking meetings with project teams from other Alt Protein Project member universities, fireside chats on the topic of "Alternative Proteins," cafeteria events and barbecues featuring alternative protein products, Slow Food events with fermentation experiments, and fishbowl debates on political and legal aspects – and much more. There will also be opportunities for startups and students who want to develop and implement their own business plans in the field of alternative proteins. "All in all, it's about combining research, teaching, collaboration and fun," says Alessandro Monaco.
Good Food Institute (GFI): https://gfi.org/
“Alt Protein Project” des GFI: https://gfi.org/the-alt-protein-project/#our-student-groups
“Bayreuth-Kulmbach Alt Protein Project”: https://twitter.com/BayreuthAlt