Sustainable proteins

Animal and plant-based proteins

Healthy, diverse & sustainable proteins

Protein is essential to balanced diets, but while many people consume too much on a daily basis,? environmental scientists are recommending a shift to diets with larger proportions of plant-based proteins. Still, we know that animal proteins are expected to remain an important part of people’s diets, playing a central role in our lives and cultures; and livestock also provides a living for millions of farmers and communities around the world.


DSM wants to support all forms of proteins produced with the highest sustainable standards. Based on expertise in human and animal nutrition, as well as environmental science, we enable and produce sustainable proteins: from plant-based proteins to meat, eggs and fish. For all forms, we are tirelessly working on combating the key challenges such as reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, limiting nitrogen and phosphorous emissions, while keeping the highest nutritious standards and ensuring good livelihoods.?

Animal & Human Nutrition

At DSM, we address these different challenges with our products and innovations for human and animal nutrition.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

With livestock and fish production contributing to 14.5% of our world’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, it’s essential that we take action now – especially when you consider that the world will demand an additional 40 million tons of meat and 25 million tons of fish each day by 2026. Reducing GHGs – and especially methane emissions – is an urgent priority for the world. At DSM, our bright science is helping to reduce methane emissions in cows by up to 30% with our Project Clean Cow.

Protecting marine life and providing for omega-3s

Salmon is an excellent source of protein, as well as omega-3 EPA and DHA that help keep the heart healthy. Currently, 76% of the worlds’ fisheries are either depleted or exploited. DSM and Evonik produce algal omega-3 EPA and DHA oil with natural marine algae. This reduces the dependency of finite wild catch resources and supports sustainable aquaculture.

Reducing nitrogen emissions

Another focus for sustainability standards in animal proteins is reducing the nitrogen emissions. The?RONOZYME? ProAct feed ingredient?does exactly that, whilst improving feed efficiency in birds.

Fighting anti-microbial resistance

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) poses a major health threat. Livestock is one of the contributors due to misuse and overuse of antibiotics in animal feed. DSM’s eubiotics support a healthy animal and can help to minimize the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics for growth promotion, thereby reducing the spread of AMR. The result: better animal welfare, and higher food security at more affordable prices for all.

Helping farmers

We support farmers every day with insights and advice on animal health, food safety and environmental management. For example, the DSM ‘business-to-farm’ project in China helps small-scale farmers with training and general support, thus enabling them to increase the safety and quality of the food they produce, while reducing its environmental impact and supporting farmer livelihoods.

Great-tasting plant-based foods

People are increasingly on the lookout for healthier food…but taste remains the decisive factor. DSM helps to create an enjoyable taste experience with our?ModuMax??taste modulator. Manufacturers can add this to their foods that are low in sugar, salt or saturated fat; or have additional fibers or plant proteins, whilst keeping a delicious taste, flavor and mouthfeel.

The result is that people everywhere can enjoy great tasting, healthy foods and beverages – in everything from savory foods and dairy, to fast-growing markets such as sports protein drinks, meal replacement shakes, and alternative plant-based milk. A true taste of where flavor innovation is heading.


We work with a broad and diverse range of organizations across the world to shape and influence the nutrition agenda. We do so in different coalitions and partnerships addressing the different forms of malnutrition, as well as shifting the food system to healthy and sustainable production and consumption. This includes our long-standing partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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  • Reducing food loss & waste

    To tackle food loss and waste we’re helping to create more resource-efficient food production, ingenious packaging, antioxidants that keep food nutritious and safe, and better animal nutrition.

  • Tackling malnutrition

    Everyone deserves the right to eat well and enjoy the benefits that good nutrition brings.which is why we’re fully behind healthier diets for all - within planetary boundaries.

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