The North American Meat Institute announced Sept. 23 that it will join the U.S. government-led multistakeholder Coalition of Action on Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation to be launched by the Biden administration at the UN Food Systems Summit.
The Meat Institute also announced that more than 96% of comments received during a public consultation launched in July supported its draft sustainability framework and the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow, which the Meat Institute has submitted to the United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) commitment hub.
The Meat Institute expects to announce in November ambitious, data-driven targets to publicly verify progress on the 100 metrics in its sustainability framework, which aims to:
- Optimize contributions to healthy land, air, and water
- Be the leading source of high-quality protein in balanced diets
- Provide the most humane care and raise healthy animals
- Produce safe products without exception
- Support a diverse workforce and ensure safe workplaces
"High-quality animal protein is at the center of healthy diets, and our commitments to economic, social, and environmental sustainability also place us at the center of solutions for a healthy future,” said North American Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts. “We are proud to join the U.S.-led coalition on sustainable agricultural productivity and to feature the Protein PACT in UN Food Systems Summit outcomes as the first initiative of its kind to unite farmers and processors in a common vision for transparent communication, continuous improvement, and ambitious commitments to ensure the sustainability of the beef, pork, poultry, and dairy people around the world rely on every day."
Learn more about the Protein PACT and the Meat Institute's draft sustainability framework here.