According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, an international not-for-profit organization for public-private cooperation, to ensure that this population’s protein needs are met sustainably and nutritiously, food systems will need to transform by integrating more plant-based protein alternatives. The report notes that, particularly in developing countries, meat consumption continues to grow and that this trend is unsustainable because of the land and water required to support farm animals raised for meat, as well as greenhouse-gas emissions (methane) from the animals.
Although the report does not call for a complete halt to meat consumption, it demonstrates expanding availability and innovation in alternative proteins and suggests that meat and alternative-protein industries work together to reshape the global food system. Read the full report (Meat: The Future Series–Alternative Proteins) at weforum.org.
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