Sustainability in the Feed IndustrySustainability: provides a continuous, safe and nutritious food supply for poultry, livestock, fish and pets in a manner that optimizes environmental quality and the use of natural resources, while positively affecting the social and economic wellbeing of customers, their communities and their industry.
The U.S. feed industry is committed to producing animal food in an efficient and sustainable manner. AFIA shares this mission through four focus points, which we believe are the guide for a sustainable future.
- The optimization of energy and our natural resources;
- The enhancement of precision to our animal nutrition programs through new, efficient and productive technologies;
- To provide consumers with a better understanding and appreciation of today’s food production system; and
- To give support to our local communities.
The highly debated buzzword, “sustainability,” is much more than a trend to feed manufacturers. If our businesses lack a sustainable structure—built by our focal points—there would be no business, no customers and no better tomorrow for our food production system.
Dr. Marty Matlock, a sustainably expert from University of Arkansas reminds, “We are facing a world of dramatic changes. Everything’s connected, everything’s changing. We’re all in this together.”
He adds, “This organization [AFIA] is leading the way.”
AFIA, along with its Board of Directors, strongly support a sustainable industry by offering its membership opportunities for involvement in many facets including participation both inside and outside of the organization. Many of our members are involved in global efforts on leading sustainability projects and are active in sustainability consortiums.
AFIA works with leading universities and their academic staff and researchers on sustainability efforts. Recently, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, University of California, Davis, released a study through the university debunking claims that animal agriculture is the key culprit of greenhouse gases, which are believed to cause climate change. states U.S. livestock production, although responsible for a small contribution, can only be attributed for 4.2 percent of GHG verse the transportation sector, which is linked to 27 percent. The white paper also says partaking in Meatless Mondays, which AFIA finds ineffective, would only decrease GHG emissions by 0.6 percent on a national level.
Each year, AFIA also conducts a member survey of the feed industry’s involvement in community outreach, through both community service hours logged and funds donated. This survey links to our fourth focal point for sustainability. For more information and recent results, .
For more information on AFIA’s sustainability efforts, please contact , AFIA Vice President, Membership and Public Relations, at (703) 558-3574.