Human population grows worldwide at a high rate. Farm animal populations grow as a consequence to cover consumers’ request for animal products of high quality. We need to ascertain if and how both populations can live together in a sustainable way. Animal production is the major user of staple foods of plant origin, which also can or should be used directly for human nutrition. The increase in animal production has not only major impact on food safety, it also poses new challenges or even threats to the environment.

Globalisation and economical forces change, accelerate and intensify the international competition in the production of meat products. Intensive farm animal production systems concentrate a high number of animal feeding operations within a limited geographical area. The concentration of some nutrients in feed and thus in animal manure poses a threat by their accumulation in the soils and run-off and leaching into ground and surface waters.

Nitrogen and phosphorous have been the first nutrients of environmental concern. Next, trace minerals may become limiting factors to further development of animal farming in some areas. Not only should dietary levels of supplementation be carefully controlled, but also the treatment of animal wastes may contribute to solve or aggravate the situation. All shareholders (Government, industry, scientists and the public) have their own responsibility and interest in creating a sustainable environment.

Pancosma is a manufacturer of organic trace minerals for animal feeds. As clarification, organic trace minerals mean that the trace element is bound to an organic compound containing carbon, resulting in high bioavailability. Thus supplementation levels of minerals in the feed can be lower, while maintaining adequate supply to the animals.
We, in Pancosma, are fully aware of the responsibility of the feed chain towards both the community and the environment. As an international player, we realise that problems which now appear in developing areas, have been already faced in the traditional zones for animal production. With headquarters in Switzerland, in the heart of Europe, we have a long tradition of ecological assessment. We contribute with great pleasure to the exchange of scientific information to enable stakeholders to tackle this problem in a rational manner while avoiding simple (short term) messages or solutions. We are convinced that the feed industry has to take responsibility and the lead to communicate about their research programs regarding nutrient management as well as on the preventive steps which have been implemented.

Is there a real danger for accumulation of trace minerals in the environment? What are the challenges for the feed industry? What short term changes and long term solutions and policies exist?
OTEANE will be the place, where world reknown experts will review the current scientific knowledge, where animal nutritionists can talk with environmentalists, where institutional bodies speak with feed manufacturers, and where people from all continents can share their experiences.

Looking forward to meeting you at OTEANE,

Best regards

    Stéphane DUROSOY
President of the Organising Committee
 
   
 

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