Katharina Mayrhuber

2 minutes | 18. March 2020
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In 2050 we produce 60 % more food. What if we would produce it sustainably?

Let’s start with an outlook: We will produce about 201.5 Mio tons of poultry, says IFIF. This is a production of +55 % compared to today. Preferably with reduced environmental impact and less use of antibiotic growth promoters.

Reducing emissions with phytogenics: A still-under-the-radar potential

Phytogenic ingredients comply with rigorous food safety and environmental regulations. © GettyImages

What if we would feed every broiler in the EU with Biostrong® 510? We could save 1.8 million t Co2-eqv. This is roughly equivalent to the yearly emissions of Malta.

This is exciting because Carbon Dioxide is a Greenhouse Gas with a long half-life. CO2 has a half-life of 100 years, compared to Methane with about nine years.

IFIF and FEFANA started a Life Cycle Assessment of specialty feed ingredients. Data were collected globally, with the participation of companies and associations.

Results among Europe, South America, and the US are promising: Specialty feed ingredients in diets reduce global warming potential.

Animal feed is a vital yet unseen input to the food industry. It has significant implications for environmental health and food security. But yet is rarely talked about. (Mary McCarthy, GreenBiz 2018)

Brazilian Millennials crave for food safety


Speaking about food: Nine out of ten Brazilian Millennials look very closely at food labels. This reveals a recent Delacon survey. They are concerned about the quality and source of food.

So, what’s in it for you?
Livestock production with phytogenics and sustainable feeding programs will be seen and respected. By Millennials which look very closely at labels.

Kicking animal antibiotic habits for sustainability and food safety

Still, there are countries allowing antimicrobials for fattening animals. The World Organization for Animal Health reports. However, there are already several markets that have banned antibiotic growth-promoters. Take the European Union as an example, or Asian countries. 

Successfully, nutritionists switch to phytogenics instead. Explore some powerful examples of phytogenic ingredients.

lives could be saved in 2050, when carefully using antibiotics.
© GettyImages

In 2050, livestock production will be much more than today. It has become an emotional topic. Leading it to a more rational discussion, shows:

We can make decisions towards more sustainable livestock production systems.
Starting at the very beginning of the feed-to-food chain, with phytogenic ingredients.