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An appetite for change: building a sustainable food future

From plant-based proteins to food waste, we explore one of the biggest quandaries of our generation – finding solutions to build a sustainable food system that can feed a growing global population and safeguard the planet.

In this episode of Amplified, Maxime LeFloch, Investment Analyst, and Mohsin Ahmad, Senior Investment Analyst, discuss the impact theme of food security: how can we create a sustainable food system? Is the world ready for a meatless future?

Although plant-based meat alternatives are growing fast, we’re still consuming too much protein, says LeFloch. “We need 56g of proteins every day. But according to the World Resources Institute, the average person across the world eats 68g of protein per day.”

Not only are we eating too much protein, we’re also eating the wrong types of protein, such as meat. Ahmad adds: “Meat and dairy provide just 18% of global calories and 37% of protein yet use 83% of farmland and produce 60% of the agricultural sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

Every year, a third of all food produced globally – that’s 1.3bn tonnes – gets thrown away, explains LeFloch. “This is a huge waste of resources. But if we can address food waste, the potential economic benefits are large. The Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that every $1 invested in food waste policies brings $14 in return.”

For Ahmad, food waste is a critical tool in the fight against climate change: “Food waste currently generates 8% of greenhouse gas emissions.”

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