How the specialty feed ingredients industry contributes to the reduction of the environmental footprint

The world population continues to increase, with over 9 billion people predicted in 2050. Correspondingly, the requirement for protein to feed the increasingly affluent world population will rise. Thus, as agricultural production becomes ever-more concentrated in specific regions it becomes even more important to use all natural resources as wisely and sparingly as possible.

The use of specialty feed ingredients reduces the total amount of food farm animals need in order to obtain all the nutrients they require. Consequently, it limits the land needed to grow the feed, as well as the associated environmental impact.

Societal drivers affecting the European animal food chain

  • Increasing global demand for food of animal origin, including meat, fish, milk and eggs
  • Pressure on available feed resources
  • Demand for reduced environmental impact of animal production
  • Demand for further reduction of the use of antimicrobials
  • Further globalisation of trade in products of animal origin

The needs of the feed and livestock chain

  • Access to safe cost-effective feed and services
  • Clear and transparent legislative framework
  • Improved image (regarding animal welfare, quality and safety of animal products)
  • Innovating approaches to mitigate the environmental impact of production systems
  • Continuously improving working conditions
  • Bringing innovative science fast to the market place

What the specialty feed ingredients industry offers today

  • Use of co-products from other processing industries, reducing the need for land-grown crops
  • Ability to source feed with specific downstream requirements to accommodate market demand
  • Reduction of the environmental impact of livestock farming through resource-efficient feed production
  • Modern manufacturing techniques for the production of high quality feed additives

How the specialty feed ingredients industry can shape the future

  • Developing a harmonised environmental footprint methodology, based on Life Cycle Analysis, involving the whole chain
  • Developing common metrics that can help to calculate a broader range of resource efficiency indicators
  • Using feed ingredients more efficiently to reduce environmental footprints
  • Securing the long-term supply of feed ingredients
  • Facilitating the transition to a mainstream market of responsibly produced feed materials
  • Supporting the reprocessing of former foodstuffs, by-products from the food industry, into high quality animal feed (circular economy)

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