Animal nutrition has a huge role to play in boosting sustainability of livestock and aquaculture production

The EU feed trade group has just released its second Sustainability Charter Progress Report​​, a review of how the European feed sector can contribute to the development of more sustainable livestock and aquaculture value chains. It looks at what has been achieved in that respect over the past 12 months. […]

The EU feed trade group has just released its second Sustainability Charter Progress Report​, a review of how the European feed sector can contribute to the development of more sustainable livestock and aquaculture value chains. It looks at what has been achieved in that respect over the past 12 months.

FEFAC president, Asbjørn Børsting, said the industry representative body was “proactively and transparently” ​highlighting its commitment to the EU sustainability agenda for the feed and food sector “despite the very challenging economic situation faced in multiple sectors as well as by many European citizens due to soaring energy prices and food price-driven inflation, triggered by the Russian aggression of Ukraine.”

Such challenges have further motivated FEFAC in terms of focusing “on efficient and practically feasible solutions​” to improve the environmental performance of European livestock production as a way to preserve and strengthen sector resilience in the long term, he added.

Circular feed

FEFAC said a key highlight of the past year, in terms of showing how animal nutrition can boost the sustainability of EU livestock production, was the trade body’s publication​ on circular feed, which was released in June. It asks regulators to proceed with a systematic review of legislative bottlenecks in the EU regulatory framework in order to facilitate a higher level of circularity in EU food systems through animal nutrition-based approaches.

The trade group also issued a note of caution, saying there is a need for more proactive policy coordination at EU and member state level to ensure that national renewable energy subsidies, ETS credits and exceptionally high market prices for natural gas do not provide a huge incentive for ‘traditional feed ingredients’ to be diverted to biogas production

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