Recent research from Cargill found that consumers plan to continue to eat protein as part of a healthy and environmentally responsible diet. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of respondents will maintain or increase their consumption of animal protein in the next year, while four-fifths expressed interest in plant-based alternatives.
“We’re pleased consumers see animal protein as an important part of a healthy diet,” says Chuck Warta, president of Cargill’s premix and nutrition business. “Dietary guidance consistently emphasizes the benefits of adequate protein intake from a variety of sources. Our aim is to help our livestock, poultry and aquaculture customers meet the growing global demand for protein in the most healthy, productive and sustainable way possible.”
In its Feed4Thought Survey, Cargill found that 93 percent of respondents across the U.S., Brazil, Netherlands and Vietnam care about feeding the world sustainably, with 84 percent saying it impacts what they buy. In addition, consumers are now expecting companies to step up and ensure food production is sustainable.
In just its latest initiative, Cargill has partnered with Heifer International to launch Hatching Hope, a project that will improve the nutrition and livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 by training and opening markets for subsistence poultry farmers and providing nutrition education for their communities.
“Access to poultry meat and eggs can rapidly improve people’s diets and have a major impact on their lives,” said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International.