Achieving sustainability in the food production system

David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from the FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable food production system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.
November 2020

Around the world, livestock is responsible for more gas emissions than every car, airplane and train put together. What changes can be made to the food production system to support an ever-growing population while also mitigating impacts on our environment?

David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.

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In this episode:

  • Analyzing the risks in the current state of the food production system.
  • Alternative proteins: What opportunities are there for companies, and how have consumer trends changed over the past few years?
  • Details from FAIRR’s Sustainable Proteins Engagement program, including the current regulatory outlook on alternative proteins.

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David Sneyd

Vice President, Analyst, Responsible Investment


Jo Raven

Senior Manager, Engagements, FAIRR Initiative

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Jo Raven: Most of the world is dependent on animal protein with factory farming being the main mode of production, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that this model is fundamentally unsustainable. Livestock emit more greenhouse-gas emissions than every car, plane and train put together, and the sector is the main driver of deforestation in the Amazon and is seen as a contributing factor in the rise of both antibiotic resistance but also novel zoonotic diseases, which means those that transfer from animals to humans, of which COVID-19 is just one example. 

Michael Torrance: Welcome to “Sustainability Leaders.” I am Michael Torrance, Chief Sustainability Officer with BMO Financial Group. On this show, we will talk with leading sustainability practitioners from the corporate, investor, academic and NGO communities to explore how this rapidly evolving field of sustainability is impacting global investment, business practices and our world. 

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the participants and not those of Bank of Montreal, its affiliates or subsidiaries. 

David Sneyd: Hi, everyone. My name is David Sneyd, member of the Responsible Investment Team here at BMO Global Asset Management. As part of our team’s work, we research and engage companies on many different ESG themes, but one constant through the years has been looking at how we can achieve a food-production system that is truly sustainable, being able to feed an ever-growing population whilst reducing the harms of the impacts of the current system. My guest today works for an organization with a long history of looking just at this area, as I’m joined by Jo Raven, who is Engagement Manager at FAIRR Initiative. Welcome, Jo. 

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