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The Future of Food: Sustainable protein strategies around the world

We need to change the way we produce and consume food if we’re going to meet our net-zero target and end the climate crisis.

June 2020

Providing a sufficient and sustainable supply of protein is vital to support a healthy human population, a healthy economy and a healthy planet. It is vital to meeting key targets on cutting carbon emissions to end the climate crisis, and to achieving and maintaining food security and financial security alike to ensure the future prosperity of domestic food networks and the communities which rely on them to survive and thrive.

Key stakeholders, governments and local authorities across Europe and beyond have been developing a diverse range of strategic sustainable protein plans aimed at meeting those interlinked needs. 

Zero Waste Scotland’s report ‘The Future of Food’ reviews these emerging international strategies - and, where applicable, the impact they have had to date – in order to set out the need for a Scottish sustainable protein plan and provide a blueprint for what that might look like.

While each protein plan is unique to its place of origin, they all share many common characteristics. Key shared features include:

  • Increase domestic protein production 
  • Legislative and regulatory reform
  • Funding support 
  • Bioeconomy focus

Download ‘The future of food - Sustainable protein strategies around the world'


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