Sustainable protein: What do we mean, and how do we get there?


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Nathan Pelletier, PhD - University of British Columbia


Protein is fundamental to human nutrition. At the same time, protein provision – whether of plant or animal origin - contributes a large fraction of the overall resource demands and environmental pressures associated with human diets. Looking forward, sustainability must be at the centre of how we think about and seek to manage protein production and consumption, balancing what will often be interconnected nutrition, health, environmental quality, and other sustainability objectives. This presentation will bring a systems-level perspective to describing the recent history, status quo and potential futures for sustainable plant and animal protein production in Canada, highlighting opportunities, constraints, and trade-offs.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:


Nathan Pelletier is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus. He currently holds the NSERC/Egg Farmers of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Sustainability.


Pelletier's research focuses on understanding and managing sustainability risks and opportunities in industrial agri-food systems. He contributes to the development of methods for sustainability assessment, which he uses to model the implications of contemporary and alternative bio-economy technologies and management regimes with respect to sustainability targets and thresholds. Specific domains of interest include climate change, energy use, reactive nitrogen, food security, social licence, and market access.


At present, Pelletier's Food Systems Priority Research for Integrated Sustainability Management (PRISM) Lab supports 9 graduate students and two post doctoral fellows undertaking life cycle-based evaluation of precision agriculture and other sustainable intensification technologies and strategies for application along Canadian agri-food supply chains. The PRISM Lab is also currently leading development of the Canadian Agri-food Life Cycle Data Centre. For more information see www.prismlab.weebly.com.


** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Monday, March 01, 2021



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