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Sustainable and healthy proteins

Proteins are essential to balanced diets, but many people consume too much protein on a daily basis. Environmental scientists recommend a shift to diets with larger proportions of plant-based proteins. Still, we know that animal proteins are expected to remain an important part of people’s diets, playing a central role in people’s lives and cultures. Livestock also provides 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 expertise in human and animal nutrition, as well as environmental science, we enable and produce sustainable 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 gas emissions, limiting nitrogen and phosphorous emissions, while keeping the highest nutritious standards and ensuring good livelihoods. At DSM, we address these different challenges with our products and innovations for human and animal nutrition.

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% with our Project Clean Cow.

Protecting marine life and providing for omega-3s

Salmon is an excellent source of proteins, as well as omega-3 EPA and DHA that help keep the heart healthy. Currently, 76% of the worlds’ fisheries are either depleted or exploited. DSM and Evonik produce algal omega-3 EPA and DHA oil with natural marine algae. 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) poses 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, and 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 and supporting farmer livelihoods.

Supporting great taste of plant-based foods

Consumers are increasingly interested in plant-based protein alternatives, such as soy milk and plant-based meat alternatives. As with all foods, people search for a great and delicious taste. With the ModuMax® taste modulator, DSM helps to create an enjoyable taste experience for meat and dairy alternatives.