A dozen organizations representing the producers of the vast majority of America’s meat, poultry, dairy, animal feed, and ingredients have announced a joint sustainability initiative to work toward development goals in animal feed and welfare and improved environmental outcomes.

The effort, dubbed the Protein PACT for the People, Animals and Climate of Tomorrow, was hailed by the underlying organizations Monday as the first initiative of its kind to push for progress toward sustainable development goals through a coalition spanning multiple animal protein sectors.

The 12 groups include the North American Meat Institute, National Pork Producers Council, United Soybean Board, National Corn Growers Association, U.S. Meat Export Federation, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, We Care, IFeeder, Elanco, Dairy Management Inc., Beef Alliance, and Animal Agriculture Alliance. 

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“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 Julie Anna Potts, NAMA president and CEO.

The initiative will focus on optimizing contributions to healthy land, air, and water; leading production of high-quality proteins; raising healthy animals in the most humane way; producing safe products without exception; and supporting diverse and safe workplaces.

The Protein PACT has been submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit to be considered and discussed in a side event at the upcoming summit in Rome.

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