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SUSTAINABILITY ▶▶▶


The Green Deal and its potential impact on the feed industry


A look at its many significant expected and potential impacts on the feed industry in Europe.


BY TREENA HEIN, CORRESPONDENT T


FEFAC recognis- es the potential to increase the production and competitiveness of homegrown oilseed and protein crops.


he European Union’s Green Deal will affect all sec- tors of the EU economy, including farming and live- stock feed. It is described officially as “a new growth strategy that will transform the Union into a mod-


ern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, eco- nomic growth is decoupled from resource use, and no person and no place is left behind.” The Deal is directing the EU feed industry to achieve many goals. These include the production of diets with lower amounts of protein and phosphorus (resulting in less ex- cretion of nitrogen and phosphorus) and the increased use of local ingredients. The use of ‘sustainable’ alternative proteins, such as unicellular and insect-based proteins is also desired. In addition, the Green Deal has a legislated target of 25% organic food production in the EU by 2030, which will require an increase in organic feed production. However, in a new report called ‘Economic and Food Security Impacts of Agricultural Input Reduction Under the EU Green Deal’s


‘Farm to Fork’ and Biodiversity Strategies,’ the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service suggests that the Deal will reduce both EU agricultural production and its competitiveness in domestic and export markets.


FEFAC response In terms of how members of FEFAC (which represents the Eu- ropean compound feed & premix industry) will align with the Deal by further reducing the amount of protein and phos- phate in compound feeds, FEFAC Secretary General Alexan- der Döring explains that long-running efforts will be acceler- ated. Feed companies will also ramp up the use of science and technology to become more efficient. Alltech points to “a large cooperative feed mill in Spain,” which has consulted with Alltech and Dr Frank Mitloehner of the University of Cali- fornia (Davis) about how it might improve production effi- ciency. This feed mill is now using technologies such as In- Touch digital IOT Technology and Alltech E-CO2. Alltech Europe Growth Officer Robbie Walker says: “this approach has put them ahead of the curve in conforming to the Green Deal requirements. It has also provided them with enhanced value proposition for the sale of their products to consumers who are demanding a more sustainable future.” When it comes to ways in which FEFAC members could increase the use of local ingredients and ‘sustainable’ alterna- tive proteins, Döring says that they recognise the potential to increase production and competitiveness of homegrown


10 ▶ ALL ABOUT FEED | Volume 29, No. 1, 2021


PHOTO: MARK PASVEER


PHOTO: CANVA


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