PROFETAS Protein Foods, Environment, Technology and Society
Current issues


Welcome to the PROFETAS website!

PROFETAS is the acronym of PROtein Foods, Environment, Technology and Society. 
It is a multidisciplinary Dutch research programme studying the options for more sustainable food production and consumption.

This website provides information on:

  • Food consumption, in general, and protein consumption, in particular
  • The difference between production of animal proteins vs. plant proteins, "pigs vs. peas"
  • The inextricable links between sustainable consumption of food, energy and water
  • Multidisciplinary research, combining a diversity of fields such as:
    crop production, consumer preferences, economics, environmental assessment, food technology, political science and chain management
  • Societal transitions

For overall conclusions on PROFETAS, please see: Societal transitions and our book.


In July 2014 the review paper "Protein production: planet, profit plus people?" appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - please see: Publications.

On the occasion of the retirement of Johan Vereijken a symposium was held in his honour: "Sustainable Proteins - Silver history to Golden future" in Wageningen on 26 September 2013.

Hanna Schosler defended her related PhD dissertation "Pleasure and Purity - an exploration of the cultural potential to shift towards more sustainable food consumption patterns in the Netherlands" in Amsterdam (VU Vrije Universiteit) on 5 October 2012.

For a debate on: Rising food commodity prices: Are biofuels the main culprit?
We do NOT think so, but 1st generation biofuels should be replaced ASAP, nevertheless,
please see:
Current issues.

Dutch summary of this site:
Deze site is helemaal in het Engels; voor Nederlands zie of het

 Free counter and stats for your website on This website was last updated 1 May 2015 by Harry Aiking. Note: On his retirement - see Information.