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Sustainable and healthy proteins

Proteins are essential to balanced diets. Many people are consuming too much proteins on a daily base. Beef and dairy products dominate greenhouse gas emissions with 62% of all livestock. Environmental scientists recommend a shift to larger proportions of plant-based proteins in diets. Still, we know that animal proteins are expected to remain an important part of people’s diets, playing a central place in people’s lives and cultures. Livestock also provides for a living for millions of farmers and communities around the world.
More sustainable farming through lower methane emissions

DSM wants to support all forms of proteins produced with the highest sustainable standards. Based on our human and animal nutrition, environmental science we enable and produce proteins from plant-based proteins, to meat, eggs and fish. For all forms, we are tirelessly working on combating the key challenges such as reducing the greenhouse gases, limiting nitrogen and phosphorous emissions, keeping the highest nutritious standards and combating the emerging issue of antibiotics resistance. At DSM we’re well on the way to achieving it.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

With livestock and fish production contributing to 14.5% of our world’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, it’s essential that we take action now – especially when you consider that the world will demand an additional 40 million tons of meat and 25 million tons of fish each day by 2026.

Reducing GHGs – and especially methane emissions – is an urgent priority for the world. At DSM our bright science is helping to reduce methane emissions in cows by up to 30%.

Protecting marine life

Salmon is an excellent source of proteins, as well as Omage-3 EPA and DHA that help for a good heart health. Currently 76% of the worlds’ fisheries are either depleted or exploited. DSM and Evonik produce algal Omega-3 EPA and DHA oil of natural marine alga. This reduces the dependency of finite wild catch resources and supports sustainable aquaculture.

Reducing nitrogen emissions

Another focus for sustainability standards in animal proteins, is reducing the nitrogen emissions. The RONOZYME® ProAct feed ingredient does exactly so, whilst improving feed efficiency in birds.

Fighting anti-microbial resistance

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is posing a major health threat. Livestock is one of the contributors, due to misuse and overuse of antibiotics in animal feed. DSM’s eubiotics support a healthy animal and can help to minimize the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics for growth promotion, thereby reducing the spread of AMR. The result: better animal welfare, a higher food security at more affordable prices for all.

Helping farmers

We support farmers every day with insights and advice on animal health, food safety and environmental management. For example, the DSM ‘business-to-farm’ project in China helps small-scale farmers with training and general support, thus helping them increase the safety and quality of the food they produce, while reducing its environmental impact.