Canada-US Feed Industries Launch Regional Global Feed LCA Institute
Last week, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) met to launch the Canada-U.S. Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) database project, as a follow up to the recently completed Livestock Environmental Assessment Partnership (LEAP) project, the first FAO joint project with industry.Last week, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) met to launch the Canada-U.S. Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) database project, as a follow up to the recently completed Livestock Environmental Assessment Partnership (LEAP) project, the first FAO joint project with industry.
The LEAP project provided a methodology on accessing the environmental impact of livestock and poultry production and reported that globally animal production accounts for less than 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Canada, U.S., and EU have agreed to use this methodology to create a model and regional ingredient databases that can be used by industry to accurately measure the GHG emissions from poultry and livestock production. The objective is that this model and database will be the global standard for assessing the impact and improvement of poultry and livestock production, on a regional basis.
"Using the LEAP methodology to create a science-based model for the U.S. and Canada will not only help us today, but will help the industry measure its improvements over time and provide valuable, accurate information for policy makers," explained Joel G. Newman, AFIA president and CEO and co-chair of the Canada-U.S. group.
Graham Cooper, ANAC executive director and co-chair of the Canada-U.S. group added, "The steering group is glad to be working with Dr. Frank Mitloehner with the University of California Davis again on GFLI, as he participated in the LEAP project, and served as chair of the first year of the project."
Mitloehner and his team will provide technical expertise in the development of the ingredient database. The steering committee plans to complete the database by the end of 2017.
The EU is simultaneously working on their own regional feed ingredient database. The Chinese feed industry and government are also considering establishing a feed ingredient database project team in the near future.
Companies involved in the Canada-U.S. GFLI steering committee include ADM Alliance Nutrition, Alltech, Inc., Cargill Animal Nutrition, CHS Inc., Diamond V, Elanco Animal Health, Hi-Pro Feeds, Purina Animal Nutrition, Mosaic Feed Ingredients, Novus International, Inc., Potashcorp and United Soybean Board.
In addition, the GFLI management board held their first meeting following the Canada-U.S. meeting. This management board is responsible for the development of the model and the oversight of the regional database development and implementation. When completed, the GFLI model and database will be available for use by the global feed industry and other related groups for free. Involved in the overall management board includes, ANAC, AFIA, FEFAC (the European feed association), International Feed Industry Federation and FAO. The management board is chaired by Mike Goble with Diamond V who was active with the LEAP project.
The American Feed Industry Association, based in Arlington, Va., is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, the organization membership is comprised of the total feed industry-from commercial and integrated feed manufacturers, to ingredient suppliers, pet food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA is also the recognized leader on international industry developments and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation.
Members include more than 575 domestic and international companies. More than 75 percent of the commercial feed and 70 percent of the non-grain ingredients including soybean meal, distillers co-products, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, yeast products and other miscellaneous/specialty ingredients in the U.S. are manufactured by AFIA members.
The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) is the national trade association of the livestock and poultry feed industry. Our 160 members include feed and ingredient manufacturers and distributors, as well as suppliers of a wide range of goods and services to the feed industry. Taken together, ANAC's membership represents 90 percent of commercial feed manufactured in Canada.
ANAC acts as the voice of the feed industry in dealings with government policy makers and regulators. Our efforts are aimed at fostering a favourable regulatory and business environment for the industry, while supporting initiatives to maintain the highest standards of feed and food safety. Much of our current advocacy effort focuses on modernization of the feed industry's regulatory framework. This initiative is expected to near completion with publication of the new regulations for public comment in 2016. We would then anticipate a coming-into-force in 2017.