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Plant-based powerhouse: Organic Denmark teams with The Vegetarian Society of Denmark for new knowledge centre

Organic Denmark and The Vegetarian Society of Denmark have together formed a new knowledge centre intended to “turbocharge transition towards a plant-based diet”. 

The Plant-based Knowledge Centre will provide a platform for research projects, knowledge sharing and experiments to promote the transition towards more organic and plant-based foods.

The background for the partnership is what the two organisations say is the need to address major challenges facing society today in the field of sustainability, including climate, biodiversity and public health – “all of which calls for significant dietary changes and thus much more knowledge about plant-based diets and sustainable plant-based food production”.  

“On the plate of the future, plant-based foods will dominate while meat will play a carefully orchestrated high-quality supporting role – organic of course”

Among other things, projects at the Plant-based Knowledge Centre will focus on the cultivation, marketing and preparation of Danish-produced plant proteins and other ways of promoting and developing the organic plant-based foods of the future.        

Commenting on the development, Per Kølster, chairman of the board of Organic Denmark, says: “For ecologists, of course, it has always been a case of taking the lead when it comes to paving the way for a more sustainable future. The necessary green conversion of our food system is no exception. On the plate of the future, plant-based foods will dominate while meat will play a carefully orchestrated high-quality supporting role – organic of course.”    

Holistic approach 

The centre’s work will support Denmark’s ability to meet the EAT-Lancet Commission’s recommendations on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals while ensuring a holistic approach to achieve these objectives. A key premise of the centre is that taken together ecology and a plant-based diet pave the way for more sustainable food production and more sustainable food consumption, thus ensuring that the green and climate-friendly transition will not be achieved at the expense of our groundwater, animal welfare or biodiversity, for example.                        

Secretary-general, Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl, The Vegetarian Society of Denmark adds: “The establishment of this knowledge centre by Organic Denmark and The Vegetarian Society of Denmark ensures that ecology and the green conversion of our diet go hand in hand – and are not run as two separate agendas. A holistic approach is necessary for the benefit of the environment, people and animals.”      

Organic Denmark says its support for a plant-based diet – a diet based on plants and which can be supplemented with a small amount of animal foods – fits well with the organic ethos. “An organic plant-based food system will lead to better animal welfare and, overall, lower intensity and fewer animals as well as providing new inspiration for healthier and tasty meals,” it says. 

Read more at plantebaseretvidenscenter.dk

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