Part 2 – THE ANIMAL FEED Industry’s 2030 VISION
Our reaction to the report
This past year, the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) launched its vision of the feed industry in 2030. In a six part series, we will breakdown what was in the report. We will comment on how we see Great Plains Processing (GPP) will fit into the prediction 18 years from now. As an expanding custom toll spray drying company with a diversified customer base both geographically and by species, GPP looks forward to serve our customers as best we can now and in the future. For more information on our expansion project and additional information about GPP – click here.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO MEET THE EXPECTATIONS OF SOCIETY AND THE FOOD CHAIN ?
For all of the challenges faced by the livestock sector, animal nutrition & technology offer solutions:
- Preservation of gut health through nutrition and feed additives to reduce the need for antibiotics
- Contribution to the circular economy through appropriate feed formulation and use of feed additives that increase use of co-products from other industries and former foodstuffs in animal feed
- New solutions to developing precision feeding techniques to optimise livestock economic and environmental performance at farm level
- Cost-effective feed and services to support farmers’ revenues
- Adapting feeding strategies to improve animal well being and quality of food
- Mitigate environmental impacts through sustainable animal production systemsThe feed industry invests in animal nutrition research (specialty feed ingredients, processing, sensors, IT tools)and develops innovative functional feeds.By working proactively, the feed industry has a great potential to improve the sustainability of the EU livestock sector and resilience of the food chain by :
- Reducing the environmental footprint of livestock by improving feed use and feed conversion rates
- Responsible sourcing, production and use of feed ingredientsThe feed industry is developing credible and robust data/bench marking to foster continuous improvement: you can onlymanage what you can measure!Efficient feed safety management requires communication and cooperation among all chain partners and authorities: the earlier in the chain a contamination is detected and contained, the less the risks and costs for the rest of the food chain.Application of adequate risk management tools (substances, processes) to further reduce the risk of food chain contamination is of paramount importance in this regard.The feed industry is engaged with other chain partners to optimise risk management along the feed chain and to develop effective early warning and feed safety management systemSOURCE: FEFAC/fefana report
The question posed in this section of the report “What are we doing to to meet the expectations of society and the food change?” is a very import topic to consider. There isn’t an answer that we at GPP, or anyone else for that matter, can give that fully answers the question. Instead of trying to answer the question, we will highlight the areas where GPP impacts the current and future supply of food and feed.
- Responsible sourcing, production and use of feed ingredients
- Cost-effective feed and services to support farmers’ revenues
- Adapting feeding strategies to improve animal well being and quality of food and to mitigate environmental impacts through sustainable animal production systems
We are fully committed to responsible sourcing, production and use of feed ingredients. We can’t necessarily control our customers’ use of the products we provide, but when that product leaves our door, we have done everything in our power to provide the safest, quality ingredients and feed additives possible.
The second and third bullet points work in some ways together. What differentiates us from other feed manufacturers is that we are truly a custom spray drying and blending operation. Even though globalization has changed the feed and food landscape forever, there will always be specific needs by specific operations. To fully maximize feeding strategies, feeding formulas, and ultimately revenues, the feed itself needs to vary from location to location. We work with our customers to deliver a custom solution to fit their needs.
For more information on custom services provided by Great Plains Processing, please visit our website at gpp-co.com/our-services.
Up next: Part 3 -ANIMAL FEED INDUSTRY: A knowledge-driven, reliable partner of a competitive livestock sector
For a link to the report click here: FEFAC/fefana report
What do we do?
A lot of people ask, so we’ll (try to) explain
Many ask what exactly we do at Great Plains Processing. It’s a fair question as manufacturing in the agriculture world can be a confusing and convoluted topic, especially when you’re relatively unknown. We’ve made a list of what we’ve done at GPP at our Luverne facility. The list below most likely is missing something, but when it’s all said and done, if its been spray dried, we’ve either done it or can do it better.
- Zinc methionine
- Hydrolyzed Proteins
- Milk powders
- Soy products
- Organic trace minerals
- Protein products
- Yeast products
- Specialty blends
- Powder premixes
- Hydrolyzed proteins
- Soil amendment products
- Pelleting aids
- Molasses products
Great Plains Processing is now GMP+ Certified
GPP is now FAMI-QS, International Safe Feed Safe Food and Identity Preserved Certified.
What is GMP+?
GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. In 1992 the current GMP+ Feed Certification scheme started out with this. Afterwards, it developed into a full-fledged certification scheme by integrating ISO quality management requirements, HACCP and other elements. The + stands for the integration of HACCP: â€˜Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points. The foundation of the GMP+ systematic is partly determined by continuous improvement according to the principle of the Deming circle. Plan, Do, Check, Act: write down what I’m doing, do what I’ve written down and providing proof that I effectively did it.
The GMP+ Feed Certification scheme does not only define conditions relating to production facilities of feed, but also for storage, transport, staff, procedures, documentation etc. Together with her partners, GMP+ international transparently defines clear conditions, so that feed safety and sustainability are guaranteed and certification bodies can conduct independent audits. GMP+ certified companies are supported with useful and practical information, such as various databases, newsletters, Q&A lists, courses and seminars. With over 13,400 participating companies in more than 70 countries, GMP+ International is a leading global player in the market of feed safety assurance certification. A GMP+ certificate provides an additional qualitative guarantee for every entrepreneur dealing with the international feed industry. A quality mark of GMP+ International tells you, the entrepreneur, that participating companies from the international food chain guarantee reliability, quality, sustainability and safety. That means that they meet all local and international statutory standards in the feed industry. Want to know about the other advantages of a GMP+ certificate? Click here. (SOURCE: https://www.gmpplus.org)
What does it mean for Great Plains Processing?
Along with FAMI-QS, ISFSF, and IP certifications, GMP+ aligns with our vision to manufacture safe, high quality ingredients for our customers and end users. The evolving domestic and international landscape demands that feed products and ingredients are manufactured to the highest standards. We are very excited to add GMP+ to our portfolio as we will always continue to be quality driven.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011, and provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sweeping new authorities and requirements. The law was a bi-partisan supported bill backed by the food and feed industries. It authorizes FDA to promulgate new rules for preventive controls, develop performance standards, create new administrative detention rules, provides authority for mandatory recall of adulterated products and provides authority for hiring more than 4,000 new field staff among other provisions. It is unclear whether Congress will provide sufficient funding authorization to fully implement the law, but it is clear that FDA is proceeding with rulemaking to meet the new law’s regulation deadlines. (SOURCE: AFIA.org)
How gene editing can avoid problems GMOs face
Industry members say innovations shouldn’t be limited by regulations, and further consumer education needed.
The genetically engineered transgenic industry has received a “black eye” in terms of how consumers have turned against science and resisted the use of biotechnology. The hope is that, with future technologies, such as gene editing, that can be avoided.
American Seed Trade Assn. president and chief executive officer Andrew LaVigne testified Wednesday at a House Agriculture Committee that there is a need to focus on education and working on better explaining the agricultural and food value chain as well as the evolution of plant breeding methods.
LaVigne said the majority of the general public has taken only one genetics class and probably never took another one. This lack of understanding on basic plant breeding, paired with an out-of-date perception of the 1940s farmstead and its 40 acres, has left consumers confused and worried about new technologies. It’s important to get the message out and explain to consumers in simple terms the increased knowledge that is available today regarding plant physiology.
LaVigne said as new tools of plant breeding come to market, their focus needs to be on the solutions plant breeders are trying to find. Innovative new plant breeding methods, such as gene editing, allow plant scientists and breeders to precisely make specific changes to a plant’s DNA using the plant’s own internal processes.
The result can be activation of a beneficial characteristic such as drought tolerance or enhanced nutrition, deactivation of an unfavorable characteristic such as disease sensitivity or small changes to the DNA that reproduce a characteristic found within the plant’s family, like a disease-resistant characteristic found in a wild relative.
“An underlying common denominator for new innovations in plant breeding is that they can achieve the same end result that could be achieved through more traditional plant breeding methods, but in a more precise and targeted way,” LaVigne said.
In the specialty crop arena, researchers are evaluating gene editing methods to address costly diseases in crops like citrus fruits, potatoes, grapes and lettuce.
While no gene-edited products are available on the market today, this breeding method represents an exciting opportunity for agriculture, LaVigne said in his written testimony. It can be used across all crops to produce better seeds that can thrive despite new and emerging challenges — such as changing weather, plant diseases and pests — while reducing crop inputs.
In addition to farmer and environmental benefits, plant breeding innovations can bring benefits to consumers, like better-tasting produce that has a higher nutritional content.
Driscoll’s CEO Kevin Murphy said most of the technology being used in plants also is being used to address diseases in humans and animals, so once it creates tremendous value there, the perception of its use in food will change as well.
“One the public sees a greater value, the perception will change. It will take time and education,” Murphy said.
However, he said the industry should make sure communication uses terms that are easily understood.
Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, added that it’s important not to jump in and just assume that consumers will accept the notion that whatever you’re giving them is good for them. “Ask what their concerns are, and address those concerns early on,” he said.
In January, a rule proposed by the Obama Administration acknowledged that some applications of gene editing result in plant varieties that are essentially equivalent to varieties developed through more traditional breeding methods and treats these varieties accordingly. Therefore, gene-edited varieties would not be subject to multiyear environmental impact reviews.
LaVigne noted, “New and evolving innovations like gene editing represent exciting opportunities for agriculture. However, if policies toward breeding methods are overly burdensome, then smaller, regional companies and the public sector will likely be precluded from fully utilizing these innovations.”
He urged Congress to encourage the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency to have consistent, science-based policies that promote a climate of innovation, particularly for university researchers and small companies.
Currently, biotechnology essentially has been used in only long-row crops. In order for new tools and techniques to evolve and be used within the specialty crop arena, it is important to create a policy framework that doesn’t burden producers with excess costs.
“In addition to domestic efforts, it’s important that the U.S. government also develops an international engagement strategy to communicate with our trading partners to prevent trade barriers due to non-harmonized regulations,” LaVigne noted.
Source URL: http://www.feedstuffs.com/news/how-gene-editing-can-avoid-problems-gmos-face