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.


Read more about i8 HERE.

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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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15/10/2014: Invitation to attend the GSI seminar 'Pathways to Sustainability' at AquaSur

We would like to inform you that later this month, at the AquaSur conference in Chile, GSI will be hosting a seminar titled ‘Pathways to Sustainability’, where a panel of GSI CEOs will be sharing their experiences and will provide an update on the progress being made.

The GSI panel will also be joined by a collection of esteemed speakers, who will be sharing their views and insights on the importance of making improvements in sustainability, and how the industry can look to mitigate future challenges to ensure continued progress. Key speakers include – Jose Vilallon, Corporate Sustainability Director Nutreco; Ricardo Bosshard, Director WWF Chile; Doris Soto, Senior Aquaculture Officer FAO and Jose Miguel Burgos, Director of National Marine Fisheries Service.

The seminar is taking place on Friday October 24, 2014 from 08:00 – 13:15.

Full details for the event can be found in the invitation attached, and we do hope you are able to join us. To note, in order to join the seminar you will need to be registered for the conference, which you can do so at the AquaSur website HERE.
 

Please RSVP (if not already done so) at: GSI@axon-com.com  


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15/10/2014: Agriculture and aquaculture experts gather in Munich for the World Nutrition Forum 2014

Nutritionists and experts in agriculture and aquaculture are gathering in Munich, Germany for the 6th World Nutrition Forum with the theme of 'Sustain:Ability'.

In his opening message welcoming delegates Andreas Kern, Chief Executive Office of Biomin, says that almost 10 years have passed since the first world forum in Salzburg in 2004. Over this period the forum has established itself as a high-profile event on the international nutrition calendar.
 
Andreas Kern, CEO Biomin

"We look foreard to continuing this legacy further. By focusing on sustain:ability we will open the stage to both interesting and challenging discussions, addressing many of those topics that will shape our industry in the years to come," he says.

The plenary session tomorrow morning will hear topics as wide-ranging as 2052 - A global forecast for the next 40 years; Intensifying agricultural production - Measuring the key performance indicators for a sustainable future and Worldwide regulation and harmonisation. Tomorrow afternoon will see delegates select from four breakout sessions from aquaculture to ruminants to poultry to swine.

The final day will bring everyone back into the plenary for a presentation on managing complexity and a expert panel discussion followed by a mycotoxin session. After lunch the group will meet for a workshop on the conclusions of the Future Agenda and Feeding 9 Billion - How to maintain the planet.

International Aquafeed is attending the event and will be reporting on key discussions through The Aquacultureists over the next two days and in the next edition of the magazine.

Read more HERE.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

JEFO - IAF 1404

http://www.aquafeed.co.uk/jefo


Jefo is a world leader in the field of non-medicated performance feed additives for the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. Founded in Canada in 1982, today Jefo has offices on 5 continents, and specializes in the design, manufacturing, warehousing and JIT-distribution of an array of animal nutrition specialty products.

Jefo is a pioneer in the green revolution taking place in animal nutrition. Our commitment is to providing effective alternatives for optimal performances in animal nutrition.

The Europe / Africa division of Jefo was created in 1998 and is headquartered in Nantes, France. We market a line of original products including vitamins, enzymes, organic acids and essential oils.

Read more HERE.

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