Can we meet the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population? How does this challenge relate to industrial agriculture, science and technology, and sustainability? Osler Desouzart of OD Consulting raised these questions and more during the poultry breakout session at Alltech’s recent symposium. In his presentation, Desouzart provided facts about food consumption and emphasized the need for a “new silent green revolution.”
Desouzarts facts regarding the world’s changing population and food consumption included:
Dr. S. Haladi of Alltech Canada, in conjunction with scientists at the University of Guelph, Ontario, has introduced a toxicity index to quantify the predicted pathogenicity of combinations of mycotoxins which may be present in feed.
Aidan Connolly, VP of Alltech describes the Global Feed Summary that Alltech conducted during 2011 and released early in 2012.
Last year Aidan Connolly asked colleagues in Alltech's offices worldwide to help create a report on the global tonnage of animal feed produced. With offices and distributors in 128 countries he was able to put together a very comprehensive summary. That's not to say that it was easy. Data was collected from thousands of feed mills and manufacturers and compiled into totals for species, countries and regions.
Livestock producers are under attack. Activist groups like the Humane Society of the United States and PETA are actively working to erode public opinion of animal agriculture and meat, milk and egg consumption. Furthermore, they lobby for additional regulations that will drive up food prices. Similar efforts in Europe have resulted in higher food prices. However, consumer preferences have not changed. The end result is increased importation and a loss of food security.