The Future of Food: Are food businesses on track to deliver a sustainable protein system by 2040?

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By polly wells / 18 Nov 2019

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The food industry is at the centre of major global challenges - meeting food demand, achieving greenhouse gas reductions, delivering healthy, nutritious food for all amidst shrinking resources and a growing global population.

The food system can transform at scale and pace to deliver sustainable nutrition that is good for both people and planet. But, in the face of a growing emergency for climate and biodiversity, is it on the right trajectory given the time we have left?

Over the last four years the scale of attention to a key aspect of our food system - protein - has increased dramatically. We know that our production and consumption of protein needs to undergo a rapid transformation, including a dramatic shift toward plant-based diets in Western diets and action to address the sustainability of meat and dairy production. Protein has also hit public consciousness over the last 18 months, from excitement around innovative alternative protein sources to a renewed focus on the role of our food system in the climate challenge.

But will all this action add up to a big enough change to meet our global challenges? Are businesses ready to deliver a sustainable protein system and what action is needed to make this transformation happen?

To cut through this hype, Forum for the Future have assessed the public commitments of 132 of the largest and most influential businesses that interact with protein to understand:

The Future of Food: Are food businesses on track to deliver a sustainable protein system by 2040?

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