Philos: Responsible investment is impossible?

Philosophy Partners

No one has made a bigger mistake than the one who did nothing because he could do little.

— Edmund Burke, Irish statesman and philosopher.

DUBLIN, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND, May 14, 2022 / — Among stock market investors, the concept of “responsible investing” is gaining ground. Demand for ESG stocks – those associated with strong environmental, social and governance initiatives – appears to be on the rise.

According to Bloomberg, investments in ESG assets will reach $50 trillion by 2025. This compares to current investment levels of around $35 trillion.

“Between changing global conditions and changing consumer interests, sustainability has become an important factor in today’s business strategy,” said Mark Heyworth, Head of Investment Advisory at Philosophy.

The fight against climate change is a popular area of ​​interest for investors. And, as the battle intensifies, Heyworth observes that “the potential and popularity of companies that aim to reduce or offset the harmful effects of human activity” is growing.

Philos believes that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock provide opportunities for investors.

According to the broker, animal husbandry accounts for 14.5% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. It is the same as the pollution produced by all modes of transport combined.

Philos highlighted the huge potential of companies that manufacture meat substitutes to help reduce livestock-related emissions. According to Heyworth, “the global plant protein market will reach £123 billion by 2030”.

This implies that plant-based alternatives to meat and fish could represent 5% of the global meat and fish market.

While the process of creating such realistic meat products from plants may be confusing to some, one thing consumers can be certain of is that they are not made in the same way as their original counterparts. animal. Plant-based foods not only benefit the health of consumers, but also the health of the planet. Plant-based foods require less soil and water than animal-based foods. Nearly 20% of the world’s fresh water is used in meat and dairy production, and livestock is a major contributor to climate change, accounting for around 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, breeding is not mandatory every year.

According to a 2018 University of Michigan study commissioned by Beyond Meat, the Beyond Burger “generates 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, requires 46% less energy, has 99% less impact on water scarcity and 93% less impact on land use than a pound of US beef. It’s a huge difference.

Another company that is making great strides in this area is impossible foods. When the company was founded in 2011, Impossible Foods wanted to do more than just create a better veggie burger. The idea was to create something that meat eaters would enjoy.

The company claims to have created a burger that looks and tastes exactly like beef, but is made entirely of plant material rather than anything derived from a cow. The crucial element is the chemical, heme, which Impossible says is why “meat tastes like meat.” Similar procedures are used in the production of its sausage, pork and chicken nugget products.

As unlikely as it may seem, the company’s innovative approach has resulted in dramatic growth. Impossible Foods retail sales in 2021 are up 85% year-on-year. Its products are sold in 20,000 supermarkets and 40,000 restaurants.

The food industry has seen significant change during the COVID-19 pandemic, but plant-based companies have adapted and continued to launch new products and increase sales. Food service channel distribution was severely hampered, and pantry stocking and panic buying led to a significant increase in retail sales over the prior year. The COVID-19 pandemic, along with lockdowns, has encouraged consumers to order goods online, which has boosted online sales channels.

Philos predicts that with the “mainstreaming” of plant-based meats around the world and a growing investor appetite for socially responsible investing, this emerging sector can offer attractive returns to investors in 2022.

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Sean Mortimer
Phios Partners
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