Animal Ag Serious About Sustainability

Twelve American meat, poultry, dairy, and animal feed and ingredient companies solemnly swear they are up to no good good for the animal protein industry.

The companies formed the first joint initiative of its kind, the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow. The goal? To “accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across all animal protein sectors.”

Submitted as a sustainability game changer, the Protein PACT will make center-of-the-plate sustainability a side dish at the UN Food Systems Summit event in Rome on Tuesday, July 27.

Oh, and this: The North American Meat Institute released its draft sustainability framework too. Public comments are open to help set transparent baselines and measure sustainability progress. The framework has an ambitious 100 metrics determined through collaboration with experts, supply chain partners, and members.

Funding for the Protein PACT came from U.S. farmers and ranchers, and the pork, dairy, and soybean checkoffs also financially supported the effort. The twelve organizations include groups like Animal Agriculture Alliance, Elanco, National Corn Growers Association, Pork Checkoff, and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, among others.