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Switzerland - Tyson Foods takes on challenge of sustainable protein
24 January 2020

The U.S. meat processor has announced the creation of a ‘Coalition for Global Protein’, an initiative that seeks to address the future of sustainable protein and the world’s growing population, reports ILM.

Tyson Foods is aiming to bring together stakeholders across the food and agriculture sector during the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting taking place at Davos, Switzerland, January 21-24, to identify and implement new and creative solutions to sustainably feed the world’s growing population. For this, the Company is convening leaders from the global protein industry, which includes all forms of protein, as well as academia, non-governmental organisations and financial institutions to meet at Davos. The discussion is to be moderated by Dr Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, 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.” Objectives of the Coalition include increasing understanding around the challenges of feeding a growing population with more varied and sustainable protein options, identifying new and creative solutions, and activating 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.

“We’re focussed on uniting the world’s most influential, food-focussed 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 John R. Tyson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods. “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.”

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