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Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:07

Businesses urge transformation of livestock feed for environment's sake

Protein Challenge 2040, a coalition of businesses and organisations, has launched a report titled The Feed Behind Our Food, urging retailers and food service companies to scrutinise what is fed to livestock and farmed fish at a time of massive growth for animal feed production. It also outlines several new innovations that can tackle the problem.

Convened by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future, the report also highlights the important role animal feed plays in the food industry, and its significant impacts on environmental health and food security.

animal feed1This call for increased scrutiny comes at a time when animal feed production is projected to grow exponentially to meet future demand. Already, nearly half of global agricultural land is used for livestock feed production and more than a fifth of wild caught fish is fed to animals. Feed contributes to 45% of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production, and much of it comprises high-value foods rich in nutrition, such as soy and maize.

Sandra Vijn, a director of WWF US's food program, said: "It will be very challenging to meet the future demands for livestock and farmed fish products in sustainable ways without transforming the way we produce animal feed. Food and feed companies alike need to recognise the risks and opportunities this presents to their businesses and work together to achieve this transformation. This report serves as a guide for how they can begin to do that."

Progressive businesses are beginning to lead the way in global initiatives to reduce environmental impacts of feed cultivation. For example in October last year the Consumer Goods Forum reported that Twenty-three global companies have pledged to help tackle soy-driven deforestation in Brazil’s Cerrado.

animal feed2Some businesses are going even further, such as UK-based Waitrose, which is working towards using 100% sustainable soy and sourcing more feed raw materials from the UK and Europe. Waitrose's target is for 100% of the soy used in feed for the production of its own-brand meat, milk, poultry, egg and farmed fish products to be procured through certified sustainable sources by January 2021.

Duncan Sinclair, Agriculture Manager at Waitrose, said: "Looking at new approaches to feeding livestock helps us meet our sustainability targets and is also good for business. Customers increasingly demand more transparency, not just on what goes into a product but also on how it is produced. Addressing the sustainability of animal feed by bringing it closer to home through our sustainable forage protein project has not only benefited the environment but has helped our farmers improve efficiency."

animal feed Fish capture2New innovations are also emerging, which have the potential to transform the way we feed animals and take pressure off land and ocean resources. For example, companies such as Calysta, Protix, Ynsect and Evonik are investing hundreds of millions in scaling up production of innovative, traceable feed ingredients. This includes insect-based protein - which forms a natural part of poultry and fish diets, oil from natural marine algae, feed additives like amino acids, and protein derived from methane-eating bacteria.

Simon Billing, the Protein Challenge 2040 lead at Forum for the Future, said: "Collaboration across the supply chain is critical to address the environmental impacts of feed. This report is the first step in helping retail and food service professionals start to build knowledge of their feed security, and join forces with their suppliers, including producers and feed companies, to formulate strategies together to speed up progress on sustainable animal feed."

The Feed Behind Our Food report forms part of Feed Compass, a project by The Protein Challenge 2040 coalition to scale up solutions for more sustainable animal feed. Led by a diverse group of international retailers, food manufacturers, feed ingredient companies, innovators and NGOs, it is now developing an easy-to-use tool that will help the food industry compare different types of feed and guide purchasing decisions.

Read the Feed Behind our Food report here: www.forumforthefuture.org/protein-challenge-2040-feed-compass. To find out more about The Protein Challenge 2040, contact Simon Billing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/protein2040