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Scientists discuss top challenges at InnoVision

Agro-economic experts and scientists from the major geographical regions of the world met at the InnoVision 2007 meeting in the Netherlands to discuss the balance of resources for feed, food and fuel from an animal nutrition perspective and define priorities for innovation.

Representing North and South America, Asia and Europe, they defined the main challenge for the global animal nutrition industry as providing cost-efficient conversion of low value raw materials to high value protein in a sustainable way.

This must be achieved at a time when there is increasing tension in demand for agricultural products resulting from the growing world population, rising standards of living and a surge in demand for energy from crops.

Three priorities
The three priorities they set for research to enable the agricultural industry to meet the challenge were:

  • Feedstuff and formulation technology to ensure the agricultural industry can provide animal food products at affordable prices
  • Identification of new natural feed additives to improve feed digestion and contribute to animal health and welfare
  • Nutrigenomics — optimising the nutrition of animals in relation to their genetic characteristics

Professor Leo den Hartog, Director of R&D and Quality Affairs at Nutreco chaired the InnoVision meeting.

Representatives present included:

  • Dr Claudio Bellaver of Embrapa, a research organisation in Brazil;
  • Professor Defa Li, China Agricultural University, Beijing;
  • Professor Neal R. Merchen, University of Illinois, USA;
  • Dr Jan Nicolai, Purchasing Manager Nutreco, the Netherlands;
  • Professor Roberto Rodrigues, former Minister of Agriculture, Brazil;
  • Professor Johan Sanders, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands;
  • Dr Coen Smits, Manager Swine Research, Nutreco, the Netherlands;
  • Professor Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst, University of Vechta, Germany.

The conclusions from InnoVision were presented by Juergen Steinemann, Chief Operating Officer of Nutreco at the opening of Agri Vision 2007 in Noordwijk aan Zee on 13 June 2007.

Agri Vision is a global agri business conference held every two years. It is being attended by over three hundred leaders of agricultural businesses from all continents.

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