In the frame of a new agricultural research program, Nestlé and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) will explore interdisciplinary solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change while increasing nutritional quality and yield in dairy and crop farming. Nestlé is investing CHF 2.8 million in this comprehensive research program.
The program, coordinated by the World Food System Centre at ETH Zurich, consists of two major research areas: agricultural crops and dairy farming. The agricultural crop research will focus on the nutritional value of crops including fibres, proteins and micronutrients. Special attention will be given to identify crops which are most suitable as ingredients for tasty and nutritious plant-based alternatives to meat, seafood and dairy products. The dairy farming research will focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in dairy farming.
Said Stefan Palzer, Nestlé CTO: “We’re delighted to extend our longstanding collaboration with ETH Zurich – one of the world’s leading academic institutions – to the agricultural sciences, to reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural raw materials. The development of more climate-friendly ingredients and products is a key focus area for Nestlé to help reduce our global carbon footprint.”
Added Joël Mesot, ETH Zurich President: “We are looking forward to continuing a long tradition of collaborations with Nestlé as a trusted partner. Only by working together across disciplines and sectors we will be able to provide sustainable and secure food in the long term.” For more visit nestle.com