Meat & Protein

Over the last decade, meat, fish and other animal-source foods have been in the spotlight for theirenvironmental, public health, social and animal welfare impacts. With sustainability concerns growing and many calling for a ‘protein transition’, significant investments have been made in plant-based and lab-based substituteproducts, often by conventional meat processors. The full impacts of different modes of animal agriculture, and different types of protein production, therefore need to be clearly understood - from energy requirements to land use changes, from food security and cultural implications to working conditionsand power relations. IPES-Food will publish on this topic in April 2022.


All publications
April 2022 | Meat & Protein

The Politics of Protein: Examining claims about livestock, fish, ‘alternative proteins’ & sustainability

New research by IPES-Food sheds light on misleading generalisations that dominate public discussion about meat and protein, and warns of the risks of falling for meat techno-fixes. It calls for a shift in focus away from protein hype towards sustainable food systems. 

Read the report  ( EN | FR | ES | PT )
Executive Summary ( EN | FR | ES | PT )

August 2022

EU Protein Roundtable Summary

On June 30, 2022, IPES-Food convened a roundtable discussion bringing participants from across the EU food system to discuss pathways towards sustainable food systems and sustainable diets in Europe: what role for livestock, fish, and alternative proteins? 

Read the summary (EN)


All media
May 2022

Falsas soluções e reducionismos no debate sobre “proteínas alternativas” e sustentabilidade


May 2022

Big meat is gobbling up fake meat companies


April 2022

OPINION | Fake Meat Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis

Civil Eats

April 2022

PODCAST | The Politics of Protein

Farm Gate

April 2022

Sustainable Food Experts Raise Concerns Over Alt Protein Monopoly


September 2021

OPINION | Giant Meat and Dairy Companies Are Dominating the Plant-Based and Cellular Meat Market

Civil Eats

August 2018

From Lab to Fork

Metropole | Andrew Standen-Raz

May 2018

How to make global food systems more sustainable

Independent | Kathleen Kevany

October 2017

Hidden cost of feeding grain to farm animals to hit $1.32tn a year

The Guardian | Bibi van der Zee

February 2020

Sustainable food systems & a sustainable protein mix: how do we get there?

IPES-Food Director NIck Jacobs at the Protein2Food conference in Brussels, Belgium