ALIGNING ON SUSTAINABILITY
Did you know that animal food is a key contributor to the carbon footprint of our diets and that of our pets? Yet, animal food ingredients and additives remain one of the least measured and documented sustainability components within the U.S. food supply chain. Efforts to inform and pursue sustainability actions are as important to the animal protein and pet value chain as they are to the animal food industry.
In collaboration with animal food industry partners and stakeholders, the Institute for Feed Education and Research is using a multifaceted strategy to advance knowledge and trust in a safe, sustainable animal food industry.
A heightened attention on climate elevates the population’s focus on society’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and broader environmental footprints.
It’s a big question – how can we, as an industry, decrease our environmental footprint?
Animal food ingredient and feed additive life cycle analysis (LCA) is key to production transparency needs. To better inform data needs, the feed industry supported the development of the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) database, to advance the understanding of feed ingredient environmental impacts. However, there is still a need to incorporate data points into a comprehensive, harmonized strategy for information exchange within animal food supply chains.
Sustainability Road Map
The Sustainability Road Map is a pivotal component of IFEEDER’s efforts to lower our industry’s environmental footprint and advance our industry’s solutions to this global challenge. It provides an opportunity for the animal food industry and its stakeholders to develop a road map and supporting resources for information exchange, including standardization and methodologies, and to provide life cycle data up and down the production chain. Beyond life cycle assessment, the effort will explore the scope of sustainability guidance and resources needed by the animal food industry for its continuous improvement. Through industry and stakeholder assessment, we will evaluate risks and opportunities within each animal food industry segment to determine the extent of support to be mapped and further developed.
Sustainability Road Map Webinar Series
IFEEDER, in conjunction with The Context Network, is addressing the definitional complexities of sustainability, exploring food supply chain transparency expectations and discussing carbon market opportunities in a three-part on-demand webinar series.
The first webinar, “Defining Sustainability,” is now available in two versions – a short, 8-minute highlights video and the full 27-minute-deep dive. In the video, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., director of AgNext, and Matt Sutton-Vermeulen, principal of The Context Network, ask viewers to consider how their organizations define sustainable feed and pet food, what role emotion has in sustainability relative to science and ways to take a proactive, versus defensive, stance in addressing sustainability?
The second webinar, “Downstream Expectations,” is expected to be released Sept. 22, with the third webinar, “Agricultural Carbon,” following on Sept. 29.
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