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A guide for international value chain management in the protein transition

More plant-based and less animal proteins in our diet: that is the aim of the protein transition. Sufficient proteins are important for a healthy body, but this must not be at the expense of the planet. A new balance of 60% plant-based and 40% animal proteins contributes to the solutions for climate change and the biodiversity crisis. That is, if they are produced responsibly.

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It is important that the protein transition happens in a responsible manner, with consideration for nature and people in the plant-based value chains themselves. For this, it is essential that international production chains of plant-based ingredients meet sustainability requirements, anywhere in the world.

A guide to plant-based protein value chains

Shorter, plant-based chains help the planet, but can only do so if they are produced responsibly with respect for nature and people. IUCN NL has therefore published a practical guide to responsible plant-based value chains, with fact sheets on 16 different value chains.

What is the state of water management on almond plantations? Do all employees peeling cashew nuts have sufficient protective clothing against the toxic shells?

And what about biodiversity in the area from which the soy for human consumption originates?

The guide and factsheets

Sustainable plant-based food worldwide – A guide for international value chain management in the protein transition consists of two parts. The first part discusses the what, how and why of responsible plant-based protein value chains and the second part analyses sixteen chains, which are presented in clear fact sheets, and a comparative overview. Please share any feedback and more information on methods and opportunities with us.

Factsheet per chain:

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