The Coalition for Global Protein, launched at the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, aims to increase understanding around the challenges of feeding a growing population with more varied and sustainable protein options; identify new and creative solutions; and activate those solutions through pilot programs. Potential focus areas the Coalition could address include reducing food loss and waste, increasing access to protein and safeguarding ecosystems. The Coalition will publicly report on commitments and progress in 2020.
To mark the launch of the Coalition, Tyson Foods is convening leaders from the global protein industry, which includes all forms of protein, as well as academia, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions this week at Davos. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Lawrence Haddad, executive director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.
“Efforts to make the production of high-protein foods more sustainable must continue,” said Dr. Haddad. “These foods, many from animal sources, are vital for the healthy growth of young children, especially those who already have poor quality diets. So, it is vital that their production can be undertaken in a way that respects planetary environmental boundaries. This Coalition promises to be a valuable addition to our collective efforts to square this circle.”
Tyson Foods chief executive officer Noel White said: “As one of the world’s largest food companies, we want to help ensure the responsible production of affordable, nutritious food for generations to come. We’re introducing this Coalition because we know that we cannot achieve this alone. Collective commitment and immediate action are needed to deliver the greatest impact on the future of sustainable food production.”
Tyson Foods has made significant sustainability promises of late. The company has previously committed to improved land stewardship practices on two million acres of corn, partnered with the World Resources Institute to set Science-Based greenhouse gas reduction targets, committed to reduce water use intensity 12% by 2020, and is working with PROFOREST to identify deforestation risks across the company’s global supply chain.
“We’re focused on uniting the world’s most influential, food-focused stakeholders around a shared purpose to build a future of protein that is sustainable and equitable across global communities – at every link in the supply chain,” said Tyson Foods chief sustainability officer John R. Tyson. “Igniting transformative change in our food system requires industry-wide collaboration and a willingness to go beyond our individual businesses through strong commitments and actions.”
Tyson Foods recently spoke to GlobalMeatNews about the opportunity that a US-China trade deal presents for the business.
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