The 6th Global Feed and Food Congress brought together leaders from the global feed and food chain in Bangkok, Thailand from 11-13 March 2019 under the theme "The Future of Feed and Food - Are We Ready?"
The theme linked to the global challenge to provide safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable animal protein sources through innovative solutions to feed 9 billion people by 2050 and reflected the vision of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) to achieve this.
If we want to produce sustainable animal protein, it means that we need to do it in an economically sustainable way for the farmer, a socially sustainable way to provide safe and affordable food and in an environmentally sustainable way for the industry.
Currently 65 billion animals are slaughtered every year and there will be a 75% increased demand by 2050.
This comes with serious challenges for livestock production. In the first place, health and welfare are critically important. Health for the animal, but also for the farmer and consumer. This means, the big challenge ahead is to come up with good alternatives for the traditional antibiotics to manage the issue of the antimicrobial resistance. Animal welfare is much more than being nice to animals. We know that every level of stress affects growth and productivity.
Optimizing animal health through nutritional innovation and on-farm management tools will be key to support the farmer in producing in an economically sustainable way.
About the environment: the UN has 17 sustainability goals and livestock contributes to several of them. Therefore it is critical to assess our industry's footprint. It was brought to the attention of the audience that CH4 does not stay that long in the atmosphere compared to CO2. However, the global warming potential of CH4 is much higher than C02. Lowering CH4 has an immediate effect, where it takes longer to cool down the planet when CO2 is decreased.
We also saw data on the huge diversity of emitted greenhouse gases around the world. The enteric fermentation of ruminants remains to be a significant contributor.
It was rewarding to see that Mootral was mentioned as a solution to reduce methane emissions from enteric fermentation.