The VALPRO Path project aims to identify gaps in European plant protein landscape and establish exemplary approaches that will have a profound environmental impact, along with positive effects on social, health, and economic aspects.  Additionally, it will actively transform consumer attitudes towards alternative sources of dietary protein, emphasizing the importance of environmental considerations. VALPRO path is creating proteins with purpose by taking care of the planet, leaving no stone unturned.  

VALPRO Path, as a true environmentalist is dedicated to:

1. Sustainable production: By launching large-scale pilots in different pedo-climatic areas, the project focuses on developing innovative production systems for plant protein crops. These systems are designed to ensure sustainable growth and minimize negative environmental impacts, such as excessive use of water, pesticides, and fertilizers.

2. Diversification of protein sources: The project targets protein crops with high-value potential like pea, lupin, chickpea, faba bean, and lentils. By promoting the cultivation of a diverse range of plant protein sources, VALPRO Path helps to reduce the environmental burden associated with monoculture farming. Diversification can enhance soil health, reduce pest and disease pressure, and increase resilience to climate change.

3. Variety selection for nutritionally best plant-protein sources: VALPRO Path focuses on selecting plant varieties that offer the highest nutritional value in terms of protein content and quality. By optimizing the nutritional profiles of plant proteins, the project aims to encourage their use as alternatives to animal-based proteins, which can have a lower environmental footprint.

4. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: Plant-based protein production generally has a lower carbon footprint compared to animal-based protein production. By promoting the cultivation of protein crops and encouraging their adoption across Europe, VALPRO Path indirectly contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with livestock farming.