The need to provide enough animal protein for a growing population, while reducing the environmental costs of farming will require smart science and innovative solutions.
To address this challenge, DSM Animal Nutrition and Health has launched a new strategic initiative: "We Make it Possible".
Its mission is to lead a robust and achievable transformation worldwide in sustainable animal protein production, and to accelerate solutions that will foster a brighter future.
"DSM is purpose-led and performance driven, and we know that the agriculture industry can transform itself from within," said DSM's Animal Nutrition and Health president, Ivo Lansbergen.
"For too long, sustainability has been someone else's problem, a problem for tomorrow. But it is not an impossible challenge. We believe we can make animal farming sustainable. Our need is to be providing a decent living for farmers and affordable proteins to the world population, all while reducing the footprint of animal farming. "We Make it Possible" is a commitment to tangible and actionable solutions that cater to the customers we care most about: people and planet earth.
"Sustainability is in our DNA. We want to demonstrate our new vision, both within DSM and beyond, how we see the future of the farming industry and the role we want to play. This strategic initiative reflects our commitment not only to be part of the value chain but to be a change agent, steering the global conversations, connecting the various stakeholders of the farming ecosystem, thinking ahead, generating ideas and new ways of working. If not now, when?"
Aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 12, 13 and 14, the strategic initiative is driven by six sustainability platforms that will address the major challenges facing the animal farming industry. These are: improving the lifetime performance of farm animals; improving the quality of food (i.e., meat, milk, fish, eggs), while reducing food loss and waste; reducing emissions from livestock; making efficient use of natural resources; reducing the reliance on marine resources; and helping tackle anti-microbial resistance.
The "We Make It Possible" strategic initiative comes after many years of investment and innovation by DSM in scientific solutions aimed at providing real answers to the challenges facing the agriculture industry, and marks not a new beginning, but a significant acceleration of the journey towards a more sustainable future.
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