Agro-economists: priorities for animal nutrition
Agro-economic experts and scientists from the major geographical regions of
the world have defined priorities for innovation.
Representing North and South America, Asia and Europe, the experts met at the
InnoVision 2007 meeting in Noordwijk-aan-Zee, the Netherlands, organised by
Dutch animal feed company Nutreco, to discuss the balance of resources for feed,
food and fuel from an animal nutrition perspective.
Together, 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.
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
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