1 commentlast update:14 Jan 2016

Do regulations kill innovation?

Over the past decennia we have made things easy for our selves by time and time again creating new regulations about what’s not allowed to do in a feedmill (ie. European Feed and Food Hygienecode(2004), Trustfeed, GMP+, etc.)

Of course the food & feed scandals were a big influence on this. However, hand there was one important reason we did this - Easy to control and easy to manage. Which has been no problem, until now.

Looking at the challenges we have now in finding new recipes, ingredients, commodities, protein sources this is one of the biggest issues, I think. Because we now have to make feed and petfood more sustainable. We need to find new commodities and new ingredients for feed that helps the farmer produce sustainably and yet still efficiently.

New fodder sources like 'duckweed', algae, insects, tangle, fruits, vegetables, food waste etc. are often not allowed to be used without losing the certificates necessary to deliver to the market. Getting the allowance necessary to use those sources is not easy plus the costs involved are high and will not encourage you to do so unless you knew it worked, what cost effects it will give etc.

This is a big dilemma for the industry.

The questions are if the technology and quality management-procedures such as cleaning are in place and if adequate risk management protocols can give the industry the possibility to test those new sources in their business including what the inventory of the risk of using brings us.

Of course there is no discussion on if our feed should be safe. But how do we transfer our feed industry into a sustainable one on this playingfield.

Suggestions how to do this are welcome.

One comment

  • Ibne Ali

    Very good point you bring in the light that what to use and what not in the feed or food; of course regulations are necessary to monitor the changes in the technologies whether these technologies are in tune with nature or against it. Sustainability is surly the main criteria to pass any new innovation. in today's world instant profitability and business potential of any innovation is the main criteria for its approval but we should a visionary approach that how it will be affecting world and nature in long term. Some policies and decisions in India were taken few decades back. When government allowed to use HYV of wheat to increase grain production which was resulted in green revolution. But if look at the whole picture the green revolution only brings prosperity to northern states of haryana and punjab because HYV were highly irrigation intensive but in other arid area farmers were badly affected. At that time HYV were innovations but we ignored its consequences because we had large population to feed.
    Your point is partly valid and in my point of view 'Regulations are Necessary Evil'

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