Giant Leaps

Alongside the many activities of the membership organisation, EFFoST is also a partner in a number of food-related projects funded by the European Union. We have a successful track record in communicating and disseminating knowledge gained in coordination and research projects, as well as creating business plans to exploit project outcomes.

We are sustaining and creating a European network for knowledge transfer and use our existing network of food science and technology professionals to promote project outcomes. Within EU projects we work closely with member societies and organisations to ensure that activities are synergistic and build on expertise and initiative at the local level. Furthermore, we work with governmental organisations such as the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority. Our involvement in EU projects helps us to achieve our ambitions and aims. EFFoST has also developed publications and organizes events on topical issues of industrial relevance.

Below an overview of the project EFFoST had partnered in:



Giant Leaps is a project co-funded by the EU that aims to accelerate the transition from animal-based to alternative dietary proteins to work towards a safe, health-promoting and sustainable food system.

GIANT LEAPS is working in line with the Farm-to-Fork strategy and contributing to the Green Deal target of reaching climate neutrality by 2050. However, achieving the dietary shift in practice is complex due to the diverse set of actors involved and the knowledge gaps scattered across the various alternative protein sources and domains of health, environment, and barriers to adoption.


By substituting the consumption of traditional animal proteins with alternative sources such as plants, microalgae, insects, and single-cell proteins, we can reduce the footprint of our food system in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy, water, land use, and other environmental impacts. 

This project delivers innovative methodologies, datasets, and technologies to speed up the dietary shift towards sustainability and circularity. We are engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders to promote societal, economic, and policy changes that reduce the environmental impact of our food system while improving the health and well-being of European citizens. The aim is to create a safe, health-promoting, and sustainable food system that covers at least 50% of total protein demand with alternative protein sources by 2030.

The GIANT LEAPS consortium of experts spans all areas of expertise required to address these knowledge gaps and proactively engage in the optimized future diets based on alternative proteins that are widely accepted across stakeholder groups. We have selected specific protein sources for either targeted or full assessment based on their current level of specification, and our innovations and improved methods combined with accessible and comprehensive information will enable policymakers, value chain actors, and the general public to make more sustainable and healthy dietary choices.


Project information:


Project coordinator: Wageningen University

Duration: 1 september 2022 - 31 August 2026

Funding program: European Union’s Horizon 

Grant Agreement no:  101059632 


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