Proteins: Novel Foods

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 20 October 2023.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Independent, West Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she is taking steps to support research and development in the alternative protein industry in the context of (a) environmental sustainability and (b) food security.

Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra directly supports innovative techniques by shaping and contributing to funding programmes open to our industry. Defra has so far invested over £4 million into industry led research and development for innovative solutions for sustainable on farm proteins via the Defra-UKRI Farming Innovation Programme. This will fund research and development to enhance the productivity and environmental impact of proteins that are grown or raised by farmers. Funding is split across early-stage feasibility projects, and industrial research projects.

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