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Parliamentary questions
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12 July 2016
E-005704-16
Question for written answer E-005704-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE)

 Subject:  Plant protein
 Answer in writing 

Europe suffers from a chronic high dependence on imported protein from America; in fact, we import over 70% of our needs from there. The dominance of cereals in European arable farming, combined with the import of large quantities of soya beans and soybean meal, enable self-sufficiency. However, our protein problem, among other things, will worsen as the cost of our soya dependency becomes more and more expensive. The solution is to increase protein production within the EU. On the other hand, we should also take into account the fact that cultivating protein crops would make an important contribution to the sustainable development of European agricultural and food systems. Our plant proteins are, more than ever, an opportunity for future generations.

What does the Commission intend to do in order to encourage protein crops, seeing that costs will continue to increase and EU production will suffer accordingly?

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