July 16, 2018
By Dustyn Lanz
“What’s for dinner?” For responsible investors, there’s a lot to digest behind that question. As the global population races toward 9.7 billion by 2050, demand for meat-based protein may reach unsustainable levels. According to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global meat consumption has increased by 30% during the past 20 years and is estimated to grow by an additional 13% in the next decade.
But this growth poses significant environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges, many of them due to practices associated with large-scale industrial livestock production or factory farming.