A unique new alliance has formed to optimize the meat sector, as 12 organizations who represent farms and companies in the meat, poultry, and dairy industry have joined forces to enact the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow. This pact is a joint initiative created to accelerate momentum and verify the progress of all protein sectors as they work toward global sustainability.
"Animal protein is at the center of healthy diets, and our commitments to economic, social, and environmental sustainability also place us clearly at the center of solutions for a healthy future,” said North American Meat Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Julie Anna Potts. “The Protein PACT is the first initiative to unite meat, poultry, and dairy farmers and processors in a common vision for transparent communication, continuous improvement, and ambitious commitments to ensure the sustainability of the high-quality protein foods Americans rely on every day."
The new PACT has been submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit, and sustainable livestock and poultry production was featured in a side event yesterday, July 27, at the Food Systems Summit ministerial in Rome, according to a press release.
In addition to the new Protein PACT, the North American Meat Institute has also released its draft sustainability framework, which sets transparent baselines and measures progress toward ambitious sustainability goals in the meat sector. This unique framework provides more than 100 metrics developed through extensive collaboration with sustainability experts, supply chain partners, and Meat Institute members.
After receiving public feedback on the new framework, the Meat Institute will then set targets for public commitments from packers and processors to verify their progress in all five focus areas of the Protein PACT, including:
The Protein PACT is partially funded by U.S. farmers and ranchers, with support from the pork, dairy, and soybean checkoffs. To learn more about the Protein PACT and submit feedback on the Meat Institute's draft sustainability framework, click here.
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