RMT ACTIA PROT&IN : federating actors to diversify the food supply in plant proteins
With the predicted increase in the world's population (8.4 billion by 2030), the question of the availability of natural food resources, and more particularly protein sources, is crucial.

The image of livestock farming and food products of animal origin has continued to deteriorate as a result of successive health crises, pollution problems and, more recently, the denunciation of farming/slaughter practices that are incompatible with animal welfare. In response to this deteriorating image, alternative consumption patterns have developed, ranging from flexitarianism to veganism.

Without reaching these extremes, a reduction in the consumption of animal proteins in favour of plant proteins has been observed for several years in developed countries. This reconsideration of our consumption pattern, dominated by animal proteins, must be accompanied by a supply of food products based on plant proteins offering a nutritional quality that guarantees coverage of all our body's needs.

It is in this context that the ACTIA PROT&IN RMT proposes, in line with national and European initiatives, a programme of actions aimed at diversifying the supply of assisted food products through the development of innovative methods of production and processing of plant proteins to meet societal needs.

Led by ADIV and ITERG, the ACTIA PROT&IN RMT(1) brings together ten actors (2) in development, research and Professional Training on the subject of plant proteins.

This consortium, at the interface of upstream and downstream, public and private players, is a unique national network aiming to increase knowledge and use in human nutrition of plant proteins from legumes, pulses and oilseeds (soya, rapeseed, sunflower, peas, broad bean, lupin, lentil, chickpea, bean, etc.)

Labelled in January 2020 for a period of 5 years, the ACTIA PROT&IN RMT intends to provide concrete answers to consumers, companies and public authorities on :

- the barriers to be removed to promote the development of plant-based protein foods;

- good practices for sourcing plant biomasses, extracting proteins, formulating and transforming them into high added-value finished products;
- the needs of industrialists and the tools to be developed to support them in their efforts to innovate;
- the quality of products to promote their acceptability to consumers.

The various technical advances acquired by the ACTIA PROT&IN CTR will be communicated and disseminated to all operators.

>> If you would like to know more about the RMT's activities and/or discuss the problems you may encounter in relation to plant proteins, please contact Valérie Scislowski (ADIV), network coordinator, and Benjamin Buaud (ITERG), co-coordinator.

For more information: https: //www.actia-asso.eu/projets/protin-2020/

1The PROT&IN mixed technology network (RMT) is a scientific and technical partnership tool, set up and supported by the Ministry of Agri-food under the coordination of ACTIA, the French network of technical institutes in the agri-food sector.

2 The ACTIA PROT&IN TMN includes :

4 Agro-Industrial Technical Institutes: ADIV, ITERG, EXTRACTIS and CTCPA
1 Agricultural Technical Institute: Terres Inovia
1 Technical Partner: ADRIANOR
3 Research and Higher Education establishments: the SAYFOOD Joint Research Unit (AgroParisTech, INRAE, Université Paris-Saclay), the UNH Joint Research Unit (INRAE, Université Clermont Auvergne) and the CBMN Institute (CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, INPB)
1 Agricultural Technical School: Lycée Agricole de Plombières-Lès-Dijon