Right to Protein Movement | UPSC

Right to Protein Movement | UPSC | Why in The News ?

How retail industry is adopting soy as a protein-rich feed for livestock; experts discuss ( Source : Economic Times )

Right to Protein Movement | UPSC  : About Protein And Soy 

Protein : 

  • The word protein is derived from Greek word, “proteios” which means primary or of prime importance.
  • Protein is known as the building block of life.
  • This is not only true in the case of humans but also animals.
  • Proteins are the most abundant biomolecules of the living system.
  • Chief sources of proteins are milk, cheese, pulses, peanuts, fish, meat, etc.
  • They occur in every part of the body and form the fundamental basis of structure and functions of life.
  • They are also required for growth and maintenance of body.
  • Proteins are polypeptides.
  • Proteins are linear chains of amino acids linked by peptide bonds.
  • Each protein is a polymer of amino acids.

Soyabean : 

  • Soy, one of the richest sources of protein, is emerging as a high-quality feed ingredient for poultry, livestock, and aquaculture amongst retailers.
  • Soybean meals can be a good substitute for meat and are also economically beneficial.
  • Soybean meal is also at times referred to as ‘gold standard’ owing to its protein content.
  • It is composed of amino acids which are highly digestible and make a good diet for the cattle.
  • Soy is a versatile and multifunctional source of protein.
  • Not only does it meet dietary needs but also produces energy and increases the metabolism rate.

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Significance of the panel discussion

  • It aims to increase awareness about soybean meals and how they can be a quality protein product differentiator so that consumers having access to superior quality protein products can make healthier consumption choices.
  • Protein consumption has taken centre-stage ever since the pandemic began in 2020.
  • Consumers are moving towards healthy food consumption and are becoming more nutritionally aware – this is achieved by reading nutrition information charts on food packaging – which is becoming a big differentiator in the retail industry.
  • Information on feed consumed by livestock can help consumers differentiate between regular and superior quality products.

About Right To Protein Movement :

  • The Right To Protein initiative aims to create a vibrant ecosystem of like-minded citizens that will not only sensitize each other about the importance of protein in an Indian diet, but will also further the country’s public health agenda in-line with Government of India’s campaigns such as Poshan Abhiyaan and Fit India Movement.
  • The larger goal is to champion the cause of protein sufficiency and help India be more protein aware for better nutrition and improved public health.
  • Right To Protein, a national-level public health initiative, has launched India’s first ‘Protein Day’ to raise awareness about the health benefits of protein.

International Protein Day : 

  • 27th February as the Protein Day



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