University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) - Research portal

Logo BOKU Resarch Portal

Gewählte Doctoral Thesis:

Kurt Schmidinger (2012): Worldwide Alternatives to Animal Derived Foods - Overview and Evaluation Models. Solutions to Global Problems caused by Livestock.
Doctoral Thesis - Institut für Lebensmittelwissenschaften, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 253. UB BOKU obvsg FullText

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
This dissertation summarizes the global problems caused by livestock as well as by the production and consumption of animal products. It also presents possible global solutions and alternatives. Livestock numbers have reached dramatic dimensions with over 65 billion animals produced each year for human nutrition globally, not including sea animals – and this figure is rising. The implications of this mass production are manifold and serious, and can be subclassified into four main problem areas: Environment (incl. world climate), world nutrition, animal welfare (or animal rights) and human health. These four areas are handled in detail in this dissertation. Furthermore, models for the ethical evaluation of foods are evolved based on the four problem areas presented above. In addition, economical success criteria for alternatives to animal products are elaborated on, such as price, taste, aroma, texture, marketing, shelf-life and health aspects. Economical evaluation models for foods are developed, based on the above criteria. A core area of this thesis is giving a global overview of vegetarian meat alternatives as well as plant based alternatives to egg products and dairy products, plus an overview of companies that already successfully produce such alternatives. The ethical and economical evaluation models in this thesis are then exemplarily applied on some of these products to detect their strengths and weaknesses und to explore the potential for improvements for future alternative products. The outlook for and presentation of futuristic – but currently existing – approaches to solve the problems of livestock production form the remainder of this thesis. Cultured meat, cultivated in-vitro from cells in an adequate medium belongs to this category.

Betreuer: Mayer Helmut
1. Berater: Berghofer Emmerich
2. Berater: Schreiner Matthias

© BOKU Wien Imprint