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Plant-based meat substitutes - products with future potential

Vegetarian and vegan alternatives to sausage and meat are booming and have hit the middle of society. This dossier looks at the plant-based alternatives. It presents the most important resources and meat substitute products, market development, economic players and relevant funding projects.

Mikrotitierplatte mit Fluoreszenzeffekten, darauf grafisch montiert das Prinzip eines Quantum Clusters

Success story

A light switch for targeted genome interventions

Fraunhofer researchers are working on an alternative to the CRISPR-Cas gene scissors. Initial successes have already been achieved.

Dirk Messner


"Bioeconomy is the core of sustainability policy"

Sustainability researcher Dirk Messner has been President of the Federal Environment Agency since January of this year. In an interview he talks about the opportunities and challenges on the way to a bio-based economy, the corona pandemic and the value of global networking.

Preview Bioökonomie-Ausstellung

Bioeconomy Exhibition

The bioeconomy has rapidly developed in recent years. What has been accomplished in the last five years alone is truly impressive: Many bioeconomy products have become bestsellers. Bio-based start-ups have grown into medium-sized companies. And established, traditional industrial companies are integrating bio-based production steps into their existing structures.

verschiedene in Folie verpackte Lebensmittel


Packaging film

Instead of producing polymers synthetically, take what nature has already produced: A special technology can be used to extract biopolymers from agricultural residues - making them not only naturally degradable, but even edible.

The latest from the bioeconomy

Baden-Württembergs Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann, Landwirt Hubert Bernhard und Prof. Andreas Bett, Leiter des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Solare Energiesysteme, weihten die Agri-Photovoltaikanlage in Kressbronn ein.

With Agrivoltaics to sustainable fruit cultivation

The cultivation of pome and soft fruit under photovoltaic systems is being tested in a large-scale trial at five locations in Baden-Wuerttemberg.


Wetland ecosystems are important carbon stores

A new study underscores the importance of protecting peatlands and similar areas for climate protection.

Produktionsanlage der Südzucker AG in Offstein

Südzucker subsidiary plans new protein factory

To expand its portfolio of vegetable proteins, Südzucker subsidiary Beneo plans to build a production facility for protein concentrate from field beans.

Junge Rinder auf einer Weide

Microbial protein as a beef alternative

If meat consumption were reduced by one-fifth, deforestation would be cut in half and fewer greenhouse gases would be produced.


Carsten Schulz, Direktor, Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Individualisierte und Zellbasierte Medizintechnik IMTE, Außenstelle Aquakulturforschung Büsum

"Aquatic technologies are key to a healthy diet"

Under the umbrella of Fraunhofer IMTE, the team led by Carsten Schulz from the Society for Marine Aquaculture (GMA) will further develop the potential of the Blue Bioeconomy in the future.

Worldwide strategies

The bioeconomy is gaining ground all over the world. A large number of countries have now adopted bioeconomy strategies - with various focus areas. You can find them in the following overview.

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In the spotlight

Bioeconomy inside

Cookie in Folie von traceless materials

Packaging film

Instead of producing polymers synthetically, take what nature has already produced: A special technology can be used to extract biopolymers from agricultural residues - making them not only naturally degradable, but even edible.

In Germany, the annual plastic consumption per capita is ...?

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Yes, that is correct?


Cloth diapers

Reuse instead of dispose - this also works for diapers. Modern cloth diapers outperform conventional alternatives in terms of environmental and skin compatibility.

What percentage of residual waste in Germany is made up of disposable diapers?

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Creme in brauner Papierdose

Cream jar

Cosmetic products are often sold in plastic packaging. As a result, they generate more and more packaging waste. 

New products can be created from recycled plastic waste.

What percentage of plastic waste is recycled?

Unfortunately, this is wrong.


Behälter mit Reinigungsmittel aus Roter Bete


Sounds paradoxical, but works brilliantly: Beetroot, often known as the cause of stubborn stains, qualifies as an ecological cleaning agent.

1.5 million tons of laundry detergents and household cleaners are sold to the end consumer each year.

How high is the resulting chemical discharge into the wastewater?

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Waschbare Abschminktücher

Makeup removal wipes

Instead of cotton pads and the like, sustainable makeup removal wipes are equally good for the skin and the environment.

Cosmetics with ingredients of natural origin are gaining in importance.

What is the market share of natural cosmetics in Germany?

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