Thursday, October 23, 2014

23/10/2014: Lobster caught twice

Scott Hoyt couldn't believe what was in one of his lobster traps. "Wow, I've never seen anything like this," he said as called his wife Charlene to tell her about the yellow lobster.
 
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Scott Hoyt couldn't believe what was in one of his lobster traps

Charlene Hoyt is a math teacher at nearby Berwick Academy. The lobster was named "Cal" because someone thought he looked like a calico cat. He was placed in the grammar school touch tank and the kids just loved him.

Charlene started feeling sad for Cal. He spent the entire month of September in the tank with his claws banded.

On the first of October, she did a daring thing. Without telling her husband, she took Cal from the tank and let him go down in Pepperell Cove.

Three days later and Cal was back;right in Scott's lobster trap.

Charlene was shopping when she got the call. "Where's Cal?" asked her husband.

"I knew right away I was busted," laughed Charlene.
Charlene took a stab at computing the odds of a yellow lobster being caught twice by the same fisherman and came up with the number 900 hundred-million to one.


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23/10/14: Investments in innovation and Biorigin customers’ satisfaction are highlighted in the sustainability report

The most recent Sustainability Report of Biorigin, specialized in the development and production of natural ingredients for foods and animal nutrition, brings impressive numbers. The announcement of an investment of US$ 120 million in its plan to expand production, which should increase its net income and cash generation until 2017, is one of them.
 

Another highlight was the result of the satisfaction survey. The general index of customers’ satisfaction was 75.9%, whereas product quality obtained 91.3% approval, both at 95% confidence level.

Brazilian and foreign customers of the Food and Animal Nutrition sectors were interviewed. The survey results generated and action and improvement plan that has already started to be implemented.


The report, available at Biorigin’s website (www.biorigin.net), was produced according to the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), version G4, launched in 2013.
 

Antonio José Zillo, Director-President, says the focus of the company is sustainable economic growth and generation of value for the shareholders. “We were able to identify opportunities and to find solutions for the challenges, maintaining the competitive level of the company and always aiming at increasing productivity and efficiency in cost management and operations. This is our strength: To make business grow, while respecting people and preserving the environment,” explains Antonio José.

Our distinctive characteristic: traceability

One of the company’ commitment with quality is to constantly monitor hazards in its production chain, implementing specific control measures to prevent any risks for the consumers. This ensures that our final products, such as the ingredients for flavor enhancement, sodium reduction, extension of shelf life of food products, feed nutritional enrichment, and antibiotic replacement for animals that are produced by biotechnological processes, supply the needs of our customers.


Clean electric energy
Biorigin is a business unit of Zilor, a traditional producer of sugar, ethanol, and electric energy from biomass (sugarcane straw and bagasse). The company thereby makes the Brazilian energy matrix cleaner, using a renewable sources, and contributes for the diversification of the company’s portfolio, strengthening its sustainable position. The energy currently exported by Zilor may supply a city with more than 500,000 inhabitants.
 

Certifications and Environmental Agreements
Zilor is one of the first companies of the sugarcane energy sector to receive the sustainability certification Bonsucro, which certifies that the company is audited and complies with the legislation relative to labor requirements, process efficiency management, biodiversity, and continuous improvement.


It participated in the program Água Brasil (water), conceived by Banco do Brasil and developed by the environmental NGO WWF-Brasil. This program aims at stimulating and recommending the application of practices that reduce the environmental impacts of the sugarcane chain in Brazil through studies on afforestation and on the adoption of good agricultural practices.
 

Highlight in figures: 
  • 91.3% Biorigin customers’ satisfaction (relative to product quality 2013/2014) 
  • US$ 120 million invested to increase the production of Biorigin, an strategic action to diversify its portfolio 
  • 100% of sugarcane harvest is now automated 
  • 100% of Zilor’s byproducts are reutilized. 
  • Sugarcane bagasse and straw are used to produce clean electric energy.R$ 6.1 million invested in community projects where Zilor’s units are located (2012/2013 and 2013/2014).
Biorigin
Established in 2003, the company mobilizes knowledge and technology based on biotechnological processes to develop innovative solutions in 100% natural ingredients for animal and human health and welfare.
Its portfolio includes 100% safe products, ensured by the total traceability of its production process (from the raw materials to the final consumer), and quality guaranteed by certifications ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005, AIB, Kosher, Halal, GMP+B2, and HACCP. 






Date: October 23, 2014
Contact: Merylin Miguel
Phone: (14) 3269-9270 

E-mail: merylin.miguel@biorigin.net
 
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23/10/2014: Global salmon initative launches its first Progress Report at AQUASUR 2014

  
Global Salmon Initiative
Report showcases key activities and achievements of initiative in improving farmed salmon industry sustainability one year after launch

Puerto Montt, Chile – October 23, 2014 05:00 CLST: The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) today launched its inaugural progress report ‘Building the Foundation for a Sustainable Future’. This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective, and highlights its approach and progress towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farming industry.

The release of the report comes just over a year since GSI was formally launched in August 2013, and the day before GSI member CEOs will speak at the AquaSur 2014 Pathways to Sustainability seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile.

“As we reflect on our successful first year, we are very proud to release this progress report, which shares what we have been working on. We now prepare for tomorrow’s session where we will be taking the stage with major industry players and our partners WWF, FAO and Rabobank to discuss the biggest challenges the industry faces looking ahead to 2020. We will also discuss the pathways in which we can collectively improve industry sustainability, while continuing to keep in mind the critical challenge of providing the highest quality protein to the world’s consumers”, said Ricardo Garcia GSI Co-Chair and CEO of Camanchaca.

The report provides an overview of the initiative’s current activities, and highlights progress in improving biosecurity, sourcing sustainable feed, achieving the ASC standard, building partnerships and enhancing transparency in reporting and communications. In addition to the growth of its membership, and expansion into three new farming regions, key 2013–2014 highlights reflected in the report include:

  • 13 GSI salmon farms have achieved the rigorous ASC standard certification
  • All GSI member companies are actively working to raise industry standards and plan for future certification
  • New biosecurity protocols have been developed and implemented, as a result of knowledge and best-practice sharing across companies and regions. Such action has resulted in a reduced sea lice count for this period in Chile
  • Efforts to source and evaluate sustainable feed through alternative EPA+DHA-rich resources have been initiated
  • GSI is developing a reporting dashboard that will track progress towards key environmental and social indicators, as well as report progress towards the ASC standard
GSI, now comprising 18 salmon producers across 9 countries, has also released a short film to accompany the report. The film shares the story behind the creation of GSI, the importance of its mandate, and its key achievements to date.

“We want those in our industry and beyond to understand the importance and impact GSI’s efforts are having on improving the sustainability of salmon farming. The ability to create a prosperous future for our industry depends on our success in continuing to cultivate change and improve the way things have been done. Over the past year, GSI has proven that we can come together and do just that, but despite significant progress we still have a way to go,” said Jon Hindar, GSI Co-Chair and CEO of Cermaq.

About GSI
The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is a leadership initiative established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers focused on making significant progress on industry sustainability. Today GSI comprises 18 companies, representing over 70% of the global salmon production industry, that are fully committed to realizing a shared goal of providing a highly sustainable source of healthy food to feed a growing global population, whilst minimizing our environmental footprint, and continuing to improve our social contribution.

GSI member companies are Bakkafrost; Blumar; Cermaq; Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca; Empresas AquaChile; Fjarolax ehf.; Grieg Seafood; Huon Aquaculture, Lerøy Seafood Group; Los Fiordos; Marine Harvest; Multiexport Foods SA; New Zealand King Salmon; Norway Royal Salmon; Pacific Star Salmon; SalMar; The Scottish Salmon Company; Scottish Sea Farms and Ventisqueros. GSI companies have a presence in Canada, Chile, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Tasmania, and make significant contributions to the economies of these respective countries.

For further information on GSI please visit or contact:
•             Website – www.globalsalmoninitiative.org
•             GSI Secretariat – GSI@axon-com.com
•             Twitter – @GSI_Salmon


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

17/10/2014: Sustainability - Over the next 40 years companies and individuals must do their fair share!

"You have in front of you a depressed man with a smiling face," Professor Jorgen Randers of BI Norwegian Business School told the 800-plus delegates attending this year's Biomin World Nutrition Conference in Munich, Germany this morning in his keynote address.
 

Professor Jorgen Randers addressing the World Nutrition Forum in Munich

Dr Randers as professor of climate strategy addressed the question of '2052 - A global forecast for the next 40 years'  went on to say, "I have spent the last 40 years working for sustainable development, working for a sustainable world and I have failed.

"The world is less sustainable today than I started my hard labours on sustainable development 40 years ago. The simplest way of indicating this is by the climate situation.
 
Food will satisfy global demand - but not need

"The simplest way to demonstrate this is that every year humanity is producing twice as much CO2 as is being absorbed by the earth. The remainder stays in the atmosphere with a half-life of more than 100 years and as this concentration goes up the temperature goes up. This will continue until we stop emitting CO2 into the atmosphere.

"A highly unsustainable situation where dramatic change is needed if we want to move in the direction of sustainability.

With a projected world population of eight billion by 2040, he pointed to three factors that will impact the development of the world as it progresses over the next 40 years would see world populations increases being to decline as the trend by women to have less children continue below the 1.8 in both the developed and developing world.

The second major impact on countries will be the overall decline in GDP which will slow down as populations progressively move from the land to factories and then into health care - or caring for the elderly.

"Economic development is shifting towards health care as clearly shown in the USA, Switzerland and other developed countries."

He said 17 percent of the USA's working population is already in the health care sector and probably more were needed.

"Productively increases based on output per person is lower in these areas."

Professor Randers says that the GDP growth rate in these countries will probably be zero percent over the next 40 years while poorer countries will see growth in primary and secondary employment as they continue to go through the steps from farm to factory to health care eventually. He sees China following the path both Japan and Korea have taken.

He also sees developed countries spending resources not only on health care but also overcoming new problems associated with pollution, climate change, etc.

"We will have to spend labour and capital to combat these things."

Other observations included solar and wind power squeezing out fossil fuel use long before reserves of these energy sources are depleted; CO2 emissions will peak in 2030; temperatures will increase by two degrees by 2050 but will not bring about catastrophic climate collapse before 2050; world food is enough to satisfy demand up to 2050 but significant starvation will remain as is currently the case and was in 1970; food will not be in short supply but rather people will not have sufficient income to pay for it.

"Starvation will not be caused by physical limitations, but by income constraints. Food production will flow as demand grows and not as the need for food grows."

"How can you be sure I'm right?" he asked his audience.

"We know from past experience that people will continue to choose the cheapest solutions - the cheapest and most profitable. This is a fundamental driver with most people not wanting to make a sacrifice today for an advantage in the future."

He said moving just two percent of the world's workforce from 'dirty' jobs to 'clean' jobs in environmental terms and moving just two percent of the world's capital into clean energies will solve the problems we face.

"But that's more expensive than doing nothing. So it won't happen."

Optimists believe the market will solve the problem. This will not work either, given the short-termism of capitalism and the need to be profitable, he explained.

He believes the suggested strategy of businesses aligning itself with social requirements to help solve these problems will not work either, given that carbon taxes have not worked.

He concluded by saying that companies need to work politically to bring about long term change, especially if we are to improve world hunger and that we as private individuals need to do our fair share "to help turn the ship in time," he concluded.

 
Individuals need to do their fair share "to help turn the ship in time" - Professor Randers

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

15/10/2014: World Nutrition Forum connects with the future and the BMW i8



Also on the podium in front of some 800 delegates this evening at the World Nutrition Forum 2014 - besides Biomin executives - was the latest hybrid offering from BMW - the sporty and efficient BMW i8.

BMW expressed great delight in hosting so many delegates from so many countries in its auditorium at one time in Munich - and had even introduced 'Biomin green' lighting in recognition and appreciation of the company bringing so many people together in one place in Germany.

In keeping with the theme of the Forum, BMW pointed out that connecting its past (almost 100 years old) to its future was all important in providing customers with 'trust'; trust that it's future developments would be as sound as its developments of the past.

This was as true for the food industry as it was for the automotive industry.


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15/10/2014: Added value on the agenda of first day at Aquaculture Europe 2014

"We began Aquaculture Europe in a very unusual way this morning," Alistair Lane told IAF. He was referring to the cooking demonstration from nano-gastronomy chef Mikel Gallo which formed part of the plenary session 'Adding Societal Value: From Aquaculture to Gastronomy.'
Networking opportunities were an added value on the first day of Aquaculture Europe 2014!

Alistair also commented on the networking opportunities this event has created.

"People have been talking to each other throughout the day and that is what it is all about."

Mario Stael who is the organiser of the Aquaculture Europe 2014 added that there was a great mixture of "professional people and academic people which is very important" for the future of the industry.

Staff of IAF and others are looking forward to meeting fish farmers from Spain, Italy and Greece tomorrow at the Sea Bass and Sea Bream Workshop.

 
More to follow tomorrow
 

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15/10/2014: 800-plus delegates from 68 countries attend Biomin's World Nutrition Forum reception

Biomin's World Nutrition Forum 2014 got underway this evening with a reception and buffet dinner for some 800 delegates from 86 countries at the impressive and purpose-built BMW World centre here in Munich, Germany.
 
Delegates head into BMW World in Munich, Germany


The comprehensive range of BMW models were on display for delegates

In his opening remarks of welcome, Biomin's CEO Christian Seiwald pointed out that the food industry had to choose carefully when using the earth's limited resources.
 
Biomin's CEO Christian Seiwald welcomes delegates to the World Nutrition Forum 2014

"Do we have the resources to approach issues of health, food safety, environment and the future of the next generations? Do we have an industry today capable of being sustainable? 


"Do we have the attitude to meet our obligations towards society and that of future generations. What qualifications do farmers of the future need in order to do their business sustainably?

"Indeed, do we have the power to feed the world?"
Mr Seiwald said.
 
These and many other questions will form the basis of discussions and topics for the next two days' discussions he told his audience. He closed his brief welcome by thanking all those who were attending and particularly those who had come the furthermost to Munich.


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