The Swedish retail giant serves food to 520 million people per year across the world
Food awareness organisation, ProVeg International, has today welcomed the publication of IKEA’s Sustainability Report FY22 in which the global retail outlet states that it will actively remove dairy products.
On page 13 of the report, the company states: “We continue to explore where and how we can remove or replace dairy in our range (without compromising on taste) to further reduce the climate impact of our food ingredients.”
“This is a very positive move by IKEA which ProVeg International very much supports,” Jasmijn de Boo, Vice President of ProVeg, said.
“The dairy industry is responsible for mass river pollution, greenhouse gas emissions – including the much more dangerous gas methane – compacted soil, increased risk in antimicrobial resistance, as well as animal suffering and crops wasted on animal feed which causes excessive energy, water and land loss. We thank IKEA for its commitment to reducing its contribution to this destructive food production system,” de Boo added.
IKEA says it will continue to expand its plant-based food range because “the climate footprint of plant-based food is often lower compared to animal-based options” and “a plant-based diet with high nutritional value can also be a healthier choice,” the company’s report notes.
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About ProVeg International
ProVeg is an international food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing conventional animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives.
ProVeg works with international decision-making bodies, governments, food producers, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet.
ProVeg has permanent-observer status with the UNFCCC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award. ProVeg also has Observer Status at the IPCC.