Mapping the protein system for the first time

Signal of change / Mapping the protein system for the first time

By Mark Driscoll / 12 Jun 2015

Forum for the Future has drawn on insights from plant, animal, seafood and alternative supply chains to depict the complex relationships in the global protein system. The result is a global protein system map, shown above, which was created as part of The Protein Challenge 2040: the first innovation forum to explore how we balance supply and demand of protein for a growing population in a way which is affordable, healthy and good for the environment.

The map draws on research across a wide variety of stakeholders, who came together at a workshop facilitated by Forum for the Future in June 2015. It outlines Forum's perspective on the key supply chain flows, sustainability impacts and stakeholder groups within the protein system, and the broad inter-relationships between these stakeholders and protein categories today.

For more information, please contact Simon Billing, Senior Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future's food team. 

Image: Close-up of the Protein System Map / Forum for the Future

Download protein map here

So what?

Forum for the Future believes it is the first time the protein system has been mapped in this way. The global protein system is complex, comprising many different sources, a large number of stakeholder groups and a large number of issues.

"A map helps make sense of this complex world", says Mark Driscoll, Head of Food at Forum for the Future. "This map is a symbolic depiction of the protein system and is certainly not the only view of the status quo today: we have drawn on our own analysis to see both the big picture and the broad inter-relationships within it."

Forum will be using this map as a basis for understanding the drivers of change for protein, now and in the future. "Our aim is to identify a set of collaborative solutions which will tackle the key sustainability issues within the system to ensure future resilience", Driscoll adds.


The Protein Challenge 2040 

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