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Committed to the responsible development of meat replacement products and practices: comparing multidimensional barriers and potentials in European countries [JPI HDHL "FOODRETEC"] 

The ComMEATted project, Committed to the responsible development of meat replacement products and practices: comparing multidimensional barriers and potentials in European countries [JPI HDHL "FOODRETEC"], winner of the FOODRETEC/JPI HDHL 2023 call for proposals, officially commences today for a duration of 36 months. It will examine, from an interdisciplinary perspective and across 5 countries (France, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Romania), how a dietary transition towards reduced meat consumption (potentially relying on the consumption of plant proteins, insects, and synthetic meat) can be possible and under what conditions.

Funded by national research agencies, ComMEATted, led by DCS, involves around twenty colleagues.

photo groupe 12avril2024
European research project launched!
Facilitating the transition to sustainable protein consumption:

Europe - [19th April 2024]: A ground-breaking research project: Committed to the responsible development of meat replacement products and practices: comparing multidimensional barriers and potentials in European countries (ComMEATted) - has been launched on 1st March 2024. ComMEATted answers a key question: What are the determinants that influence European consumers and stakeholders to adopt diets that include alternative proteins such as cell-based, plant-based and insect-based meats?
Spanning five different national contexts - Austria, France, Ireland, Norway and Romania - the project aims to shed light on the conditions necessary for a sustainable transition to the responsible production, distribution and consumption of novel meat substitutes across the continent.
Traditional eating habits and cultural norms vary widely across Europe, creating a complex landscape for the introduction of alternative proteins. To address this complexity, the project adopts an innovative approach that considers various contextual factors, including social, cultural, regulatory, economic, psychological, ethical, religious and ideological dimensions. ComMEATted ensures active involvement of a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g., consumers, policymakers, NGOs, industry, and media representatives) throughout the research process. This collaborative approach to knowledge creation offers valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with transitioning to alternative proteins.
“A fascinating topic to explore with a great team”,
Elisabeth Lambert (PI), CNRS Research Professor, Nantes/DCS.
The project is funded by JPI HDHL "FOODRETEC" (national research agencies) and is a collaboration between DCS (France), LISST (France), Teagasc (Ireland), University of Vienna (Austria), Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and Norwegian University of science and technology (Norway). More information can be found on the project website


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Affiche ComMEATted 04/04/2024

Kick off meeting, 12th April 2024
(Tertre Castle - Nantes)

Committed to the Responsible development of meat replacement products and practices: comparing Multidimensional barriers and potentials in European countries

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The Council of State, 10th April 2024 

The Council of State, in interim proceedings, suspended on April 10, 2024, the government decree dated February 26, 2024, which prohibited naming products containing vegetable proteins with terms used for meat or charcuterie, such as "steak". It refers the matter to the CJEU through a preliminary ruling to determine whether a Member State can adopt national measures regulating or prohibiting such denominations. 
Link to “Conseil d'État” - Case to be followed...

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Across the Nation, Lawmakers Aim to Ban Lab-Grown Meat, 12th March 2024 

State legislators from Florida to Arizona are seeking to ban meat grown from animal cells in labs
[Restricting the sale of protein cultured from animal cells, developed as a way to raise meat without the climate impacts of livestock, has become a trendy right-wing legislative focus in states from Arizona to Florida.]
Inside Climat News - By Wyatt Myskow, Lee Hedgepeth

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The French government published a new decree, 26th February 2024 

The French government published a new decree on 26th February 2024 banning the naming of plant-based protein products with words referring to meat.
Link to Public Sénat
Link to the French Decree

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20 February 2024 - Publication of a study
On 20 February 2024, the Climate Action Network and the French Society of Nutrition (SFN) published a study calling for a 50% reduction in meat consumption in France, and a switch to better quality, sustainably produced meat.
Link to the report
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1 February 2024 - Press 
French "Prime Minister Gabriel Attal would like to see "clear legislation at European level on the naming of what synthetic meat is", a process that involves producing meat from animal stem cells. What exactly is he talking about? We explain".
Ouest-France - Camille DESCROIX - Published on 1 February 2024
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Project Summary: This project aims at answering the following question: Under which conditions are European consumers and stakeholders in five national contexts (Austria, France, Ireland, Norway and Romania) ready to opt for diets that include alternative proteins (cell-based, plant-based and insect-based meat)? It thus ambitions to build knowledge to facilitate a transition towards the responsible production, provision and consumption of novel meat replacements in Europe. Our project innovates by considering consumer choices in context: social, cultural, regulatory, economic, psychological and ethical, religious or ideological grounds because of complex food practices in Europe. Our objective is to thereby map a range of levers that may facilitate a transition to producing, making, selling, cooking and eating healthy alternative proteins in Europe. This proposal includes exploratory research engaging end-users: consumers but also all stakeholders in the food system. It also aims at building more knowledge on narratives and discourses around meat-alternatives promoted by stakeholders in various national contexts (the food Industry, the agricultural sector, consumers’ associations, scientists, religious and ethical communities, the Media), on the domestic and EU regulatory governance, on labelling as well as on consumers’ attitudes towards novel foods (considering their current food regime, trust in institutions and innovations, beliefs and values, psychological and other determinants). By offering a comparison between national contexts, it will better inform national and European stakeholders, in particular policy-makers. The consortium’s strength results from a strong and pluridisciplinary collaboration between partners from the five national contexts with socio-professional actors sitting on an advisory board. 





Mis à jour le 07 May 2024.