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Tyson Foods Initiates Coalition to Advance the Future of Sustainable Protein

Tyson Foods Initiates Coalition to Advance the Future of Sustainable Protein

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Alongside all of the exciting topics being covered at the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Tyson Foods is convening leaders from the global protein industry in Davos, Switzerland, to support the creation of the Coalition for Global Protein, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance the future of sustainable protein.

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

According to a press release, the goal is to unite stakeholders across the food and agriculture sector to identify and implement new and creative solutions to sustainably feed the world’s growing population—a conversation that will be moderated by Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of Global Alliance, 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.”

The expected objectives of the Coalition will include the following:

  • Increase understanding around the challenges of feeding a growing population with more varied and sustainable protein options
  • Identify new and creative solutions
  • Activate those solutions through pilot programs
  • Reduce food loss and waste
  • Increase access to protein
  • Safeguard ecosystems

Each of these objectives fit in with Tyson Foods’ core values, which call on the meat giant to “strive to serve as stewards of the resources entrusted to us.”

Noel White, Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods“As one of the world’s largest food companies, we want to help ensure the responsible production of affordable, nutritious food for generations to come,” said Noel White, Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods. “We’re introducing this Coalition because we know that we cannot achieve this alone. Collective commitment and immediate action are needed to deliver the greatest impact on the future of sustainable food production.”

As part of the initial work of the Coalition, stakeholders will work together to align on the focus areas. The Coalition will publicly report on commitments and progress in 2020.

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