Population growth and rising incomes across Asia will drive a 78% increase in meat and seafood consumption by 2050, according to a new report by Asia Research & Engagement (ARE) released today at the Sustainable Food Summit in Singapore.
The report, which examines the environmental effects of meeting Asia’s growing demand for protein, discloses for the first time the dramatic impact on water, land-use, anti-microbial use and the climate.
“This report aims to provide a baseline for regulators, the meat industry, and finance to understand critical problems in meat production and prioritise solutions.”
The report also charts a range of potential solutions both in terms of demand and supply to forge a path to more sustainable protein. These include making use of improved farm technology, stronger sustainability policies from multinational food corporations and more effective regulation, monitoring and enforcement from governments.
Robert Appleby, a Founder and Partner of ADM Capital, said: “the potentially devastating climate, land and water impacts, coupled with the excessive and damaging use of antibiotics and concurrent health consequences, offer many reasons to improve the sustainability of protein production in Asia.”
“We have an opportunity today to make sure there are secure and safe alternatives that can feed Asia’s hunger for growth.”
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