European, Canadian, African and Indian researchers are developing together new
ways of using the substantial co-streams from fish and oil plant processing.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland coordinates the European Commission's
APROPOS project. This project's researchers aim to develop methods of
ecologically, effectively and economically reusing protein- and oil-rich side
streams suitable for food, as dietary supplements, skin care products, for
Co-streams from the food industry are excellent sources of proteins and
healthy oils for use in foods and cosmetics. However, at the moment these side
streams are mainly used as fish and animal feed, for energy, or end up as
Coordinated by VTT, the APROPOS (Added value from high protein and high oil
containing industrial co-streams) project seeks to enrich several co-stream
components at once from food quality co-streams of rapeseed/canola/mustard and
fish. In particular, this project aims to promote the competitiveness of the
SME sector and developing regional production units located near primary
High demand for waste-free biorefineries
“From the point of view of sustainable development, using high-quality side
streams from fisheries, agriculture and the food industry is a better solution
than expanding agriculture and the number of farmed animals. There is global
demand for a waste-free biorefinery, processing natural products which improve
human well-being,” says Raija Lantto, Technology Manager at VTT,
coordinating the project.
According to FAOSTAT statistics, the global catch of fish is about 90 million
tonnes each year, of which Europe's share is around 13 million tonnes. Nearly
half is used as human food. Annual production of oil plants, such as the oil
palm, soy, olive, sunflower and turnip rape, is around 60 million tonnes, of
which 25 tonnes come from Europe. In oil plant production, an even greater
portion remains unused, as foodstuffs for humans.
It has been estimated that the world population will reach 9 billion people by
2030, with the need for food growing by 50 per cent.
In addition to VTT, the research partners in the European Commission's APROPOS
project include the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Lithuanian
Aleksandras Stulginskis University, the Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network
from Canada, the Energy Research Institute, India and the University of
Research organisations concentrate in developing eco-efficient biomechanical
processing technologies and end-product solutions suitable for small
enterprises. SMEs from various countries contribute to evaluate applicability
and feasibility of the technologies.
The three-year APROPOS project runs on a budget of EUR 4 million, of which 70
per cent has been granted by the Commission.
More information: www.euapropos.eu