Animal feed: zero deforestation and local sourcing objectives

The union of animal feed manufacturers (Snia) has set a target of zero deforestation by 2025 for imported soya and the development of protein-rich crops in France.
 
« In our feed compositions, 80% of the products used in our recipes are French » says Philippe Maury, vice-president of the National Union of the Animal Nutrition Industry (Snia). « Only 20% come from the European Union or third countries ». As always, soya cake remains the solution in terms of food and protein autonomy. In 2018, 2.3 millions tonnes of soya meal will be incorporated into animal feed in France.
 
In order to guarantee the sustainability of imported raw materials, the profession has committed itself, via the Duralim charter, to an objective of "zero imported deforestation by 2025". According to a study to be published, carried out in partnership with the Céréopa consultancy firm, the additional costs to be expected range from 21 million euros (soya and palm "sustainable") to 69 million euros (soya and palm "100% traced"). « For the consumer, this extra cost is in centimes » says François Cholat, president of Snia : between 0.03 and 0.45% of the selling price, still according to this study.
 
Soya substitutes under study
 
In addition to its action plan on deforestation, feed manufacturers are also working to strengthen the food autonomy of livestock farms. « All sources of protein that are cultivated can be studied » says Philippe Maury. « Our job as a feed manufacturer is to supply ourselves with the maximum amount of raw materials and to find the best possible value for the animals". The sector also aims to improve the protein rate in cereals.

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