Low-emission food production systems receive £15.6m boost

A total of 32 projects are being supported as part of the novel low-emission food production systems competition

Big Zero Report 2023

A total of £15.6 million is being provided for initiatives aiming to produce food in a more environmentally-friendly way.

The funding from Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will support 32 projects as part of the novel low-emission food production systems competition.

Some of the projects are developing alternative proteins, such as plant-based and lab-grown options, that contribute to a more sustainable and diversified food system, which coupled with the use of novel technologies produce less greenhouse gas emissions.

Other projects focus on enhancing production processes for cultivated meats to generate future products and unlocking the growth potential of the UK insect farming industry to offer a sustainable approach to help decarbonise livestock production.

Dr Stella Peace, Executive Director for the Healthy Living and Agriculture Domain at Innovate UK, said: “At Innovate UK, our role is to inspire and invest in transformative changes that will future proof food production and manufacturing.

“The projects we are supporting showcase the diverse and impactful innovations emerging in the UK’s agri-food sector.

“We are excited to see these develop further and look forward to working with them.”

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