Friday, May 22, 2015

22/05/2015: Providence St Peter Hospital, US, achieves MSC certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood

Providence St Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington State, US, has announced that it is the first hospital in the Providence Health Care System, and the second hospital in North America, to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood. MSC certification ensures that seafood products bearing the blue MSC ecolabel are fully traceable to a fishery that has been certified to the global MSC standard as sustainable and well-managed. 
      
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In line with Providence Health & Services’ mission and core values of respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship, patients and guests at Providence St Peter Hospital now have the option to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by choosing menu items with the blue MSC ecolabel. More than 1500 meals are served daily at Providence St Peter Hospital, which include MSC certified pan seared Pacific cod and Thai peanut salad or Caesar salad with Oregon pink shrimp.

MSC Chain of Custody certification assures that in every step of the chain – from the fishers, to the processor, to the distributor and the end user – MSC certified seafood is not mixed with or substituted for non-certified seafood. To achieve certification, Providence St Peter Hospital worked with MSC Chain of Custody certified food service distributor, Food Services of America (FSA), to ensure complete traceability through the supply chain.
     
Sustainability is essential to core value of stewardship
“We’re proud to offer MSC certified sustainable seafood to patients and guests and provide the choice to support healthy oceans,” said Gerald Roundy, director of Hospitality, Providence Southwest Washington Region. 


“Sustainability is essential to our core value of stewardship and we continuously strive to lead the way to a healthier future for our people, resources and the earth.” 

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Providence St Peter Hospital has been recognized for additional sustainability initiatives including a high recycle rate, increased energy efficiency from recycling boiler heat, and excellent indoor environment standards, resulting in being named the Smartest Building in America by Siemens Industry, Inc for demonstrating sustainable and efficient facility operations. St Peter has also reduced water use from 61 million gallons a year down to 28 million gallons a year during the past 15 years.
     
Leadership contributes to health of the world’s oceans
“We congratulate the demonstrated leadership of Providence St. Peter Hospital as the second hospital in North America to earn MSC Chain of Custody certification,” said Geoff Bolan, MSC’s US Program Director. 


“By looking for the blue MSC ecolabel and choosing MSC certified seafood, patients, guests and staff are able to reward sustainable fisheries and help to ensure the health of the world’s oceans for this and future generations.”

About the MSC Chain of Custody certification
Initiated by Gerald Roundy, who led the MSC certification of Virginia Mason Hospital with his team in 2014, the MSC Chain of Custody certification of Providence St. Peter Hospital was completed by an independent, third party assessment body, SCS Global Services. 


For more information on the MSC Chain of Custody certification process, click HERE.
Visit the MSC website HERE.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

21/05/2015: Aquaculture America 2015

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by Tom Blacker, International Aquafeed

First published in International Aquafeed, March-April 2015
 

Down by the busy Mississippi River, New Orleans once again hosted Aquaculture America which focused on ‘Aquaculture – Centre of the Plate.’ The event ran from February 19-22. 

Hosted by the local chapter of the WAS – including the US Aquaculture Society, the National Aquaculture Association and the Aquaculture Suppliers Association – the event took over the top three floors of the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street.

      
Official media partners, International Aquafeed, exhibited and attended the entire exhibition and conference and also attended the Industry Tour Day that travelled out to the Mississippi after the final day. (We carry a report elsewhere in this magazine about the research and development happening in and around Mississippian aquaculture.)

Beginning at the Opening Ceremony and Plenary Session, Kathleen H Hartman, outgoing President of the US Aquaculture Society, welcomed all to New Orleans and this year’s Aquaculture America conference and exhibition.

   
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Other speakers from the seafood restaurant and distributor parts of the value chain were great in promoting aquaculture from their perspective. The common thread of the conference this year was ‘Centre of the Plate’. This meant that each speaker described what is the priority on the plate, how it reaches it and how consuming aquatic products is better for our society, our planet and us as humankind.     
Both the market and the public’s perception of aquaculture is changing and becoming more appreciative of our products. We were all told that we have to believe in aquaculture in order to change the tide and agenda of, in this case, the American consumer and the anti-aquaculture movement.


On this note, the meeting of Federal Regulators came to the conference’s second day. No meaningful outcomes were achieved to the disappointment of attendees. The US aquaculture industry was said by many throughout the conference to be languishing and in need of developing larger economies of scale. 


Examples, such as the way that regulations for aquaculture differ greatly between states, the changing climate, the difficulty of raising capital and investment to start up, reinvest and grow and also how the cottage industry still sits alongside the developed industry were mentioned with room for improvement.

     
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At one conference session on US tilapia and soybean feed, a great ‘Aquaculture Handbook – Fish Farming and Nutrition in Pakistan’ produced by the American Soybean Association (ASA), the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) and with funds from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), was distributed. 

The handbook will help all tilapia farmers. Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, extension specialist and research scientist in aquaculture, freshwater and marine algae and aquatic biology from the University of Arizona chaired the session with Dr R.S.N. Janjua, country representative for the USDA, ASA and WISHH in Pakistan. They were joined by an audience of many tilapia farmers from countries such as Uganda, Ghana and the US. 


In fact there is a good recent eight-minute video documentary about Feeding Pakistan online HERE.

      
As well as joining the many exhibitors (of which the statistics are above), the large numbers of visitors to the conference made this year a very memorable one indeed. 

    
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Mario Stael and John Cooksey, joint lead organisers of this year’s events, said that the exhibition was in fact so popular for exhibitors that the academic poster boards - which included Dr John E Ewart’s stand for the aquaculture career/resumés of students seeking aquaculture careers and the stand for the next WAS conference and exhibition in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea - had to be moved out of the exhibition hall area due to the demand for exhibitor space from both US companies and those from outside the US wanting to take more space than initially expected! 

For next year, Aquaculture America will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from February 22-26, 2016. We will be looking forward to seeing you all there again.




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Amandus Kahl company profile

http://www.amandus-kahl-group.de/kahl_gruppe/en/home/

More than 130 years of experience in plant and machine manufacture have made Amandus Kahl a respected manufacturer and supplier of extruders, compound feed presses, wood pelleting plants or granulate coolers, for example. The company’s motivation has always been to develop an even better product for our customers. For this reason we cooperate with research institutes and universities. You can always be sure that they will supply you an optimally customized wood pelleting plant, grain cooking plant, waste-tyre recycling plant etc. Their scope of services also comprises maintenance and repair of the compacting machines, compound feed presses, extruders and wood pelleting plants as well as all other products of our company.


Read more HERE.


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21/05/2015: The Alltech REBELation concludes with a challenge

Challenging the audience to “never say never,” Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons concluded the Alltech REBELation, an international conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas.

He urged the more than 3000 attendees from 68 nations to look beyond the obvious. 


“Create your business one relationship at a time,” he said. 

“Find the extra mile and go there. Learn how you, too, can build a US$2 billion company if you empower your team, one person at a time.”

University of Kentucky men’s head basketball coach, John Calipari, received the Alltech 2015 Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award is given annually to a person of strong character who uses his accomplishments to positively influence and inspire others. Calipari has leveraged his power of influence through widespread charitable endeavors.
        

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On the opening day of the event, former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell received the 2015 Alltech Medal of Excellence, Alltech’s highest distinction, which is awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honorees include scientists such as Dr Eugenia Wang for her pioneering work in microRNA and agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the “father of the Green Revolution.”

Two university students received awards in the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program, the largest global contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental application in agri-science. Students were challenged to submit research studies that demonstrate a keen awareness of science and its applications for improving the future of the world, specifically through agriculture. 


Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang, who attends Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, was the graduate winner and received US$10,000. Rafal Bialek, a student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, won the undergraduate division, receiving US$5000. Nearly 9000 students from 62 countries had registered for the AYS this year.

The Alltech REBELation offered 11 symposia in three tracks (agriculture, business, and food and beverage) and featured 121 renowned speakers.

In concluding the event, Dr Lyons said, “My challenge to you is to see the world as it is. Are you impacting the world or is the world impacting you? It is all about risk, action and reward.” 


At the same time, he said, “You’ve got to love the journey.”

Quoting the late Senator Edward Kennedy – “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die” – Lyons said, “That’s what this is about. What’s your dream? Where are you going? How can we help you achieve it?”

Lyons told attendees to write down their dream and their risk on a piece of paper.

“Bring it back next year, and let’s celebrate together,” he said.

Next year’s conference, THE ALLTECH, will be held May 22-25, 2016.


Read more HERE.

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21/05/2015: Offshore Mariculture Conference, Baja California, Mexico 21-24 September 2015

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The Offshore Mariculture Conference is being held in Baja California, Mexico on the 21-24 September 2015. It will examine the progress and prospects for farming offshore and will include the latest legislation, technical advances and investment opportunities which effect the day to day running and profitability of the offshore farming business.

Why Mexico?
The 2015 Offshore Mariculture Conference will be the first in the series to take place outside of Europe. With the Mexican Government pledging US$50-70 million for investment in mariculture, Mexico is set for rapid growth, which makes it a most fitting venue for the 6th Conference.


Planned technical visits 2015

The organisers of the 2015 Offshore Mariculture Conference taking place in Mexico this September are in the process of putting together a comprehensive list of technical visits to complement the conference.

Sponsorship opportunities still available
Attendance at this year’s Offshore Mariculture Conference is a must if you wish to reach decision makers from fish farmers, suppliers, industry organisations, researchers & manufacturers. Sponsorship is a great way to elevate your company profile even further.
 

Come and follow Offshore Mariculture Conference on Twitter. The handle is @OM_Conference and you can also use the hashtag #OffshoreMariculture to join in with the conversation.

Read more HERE.

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21/05/2015: Alltech Young Scientist award winners hope to make ‘a world of difference’

Two university students received awards in the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program, the largest global contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental application in agri-science. Students were challenged to submit research studies that demonstrate a keen awareness of science and its applications for improving the future of the world, specifically through agriculture.

Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang, who attends Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, was the graduate winner. Rafal Bialek, a student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, won the undergraduate division. Nearly 9000 students from 62 countries had registered for the AYS this year.
    
Dr Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives at Alltech, and Dr Inge Russell, director of the AYS program, presented the awards in the famed Rupp Arena during the Alltech REBELation, an international conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas.
       

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Dr Aoife Lyons (left), director of educational initiatives at Alltech, and Dr Inge Russell (right), director of the Alltech Young Scientist program, present Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang with his award as the graduate winner of the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist program. Mr Wang is a student at Texas A&M University.
“Worldwide recognition of my current research keeps me inspired,” said Mr Wang, adding that his long-term goal is to be an independent scientist “who makes a seminal discovery that makes a world of difference.”

The goal of his AYS research was to solve what he called “the long-time ignored and mysterious role of high levels of fructose during pregnancy.”

“Embryonic mortality is the major constraint to reproductive performance,” said Mr Wang, noting that estimates of embryonic death loss are 20 to 40 percent in sheep, pigs and other ruminants. The long-range goal of his work is to increase pregnancy rates and final outcomes of pregnancy to improve reproductive performance of livestock.

Mr Bialek, the undergraduate winner, said, “I am very glad and proud of getting this award. It means that my work is worth something.”

His topic was using photosynthesis to make solar cells. He developed a method for attaching proteins extracted from purple bacteria to titanium dioxide, a widely used compound (for example, as a white dye in paints). Constructed cells, he said, can be utilised to convert solar energy into a current and can be used as a biosensor to detect environmental threats, such as herbicides in water.

Mr Bialek, whose studies focus on molecular biophysics, selected the topic because he believes that connecting biology (photosynthesis) and physics (solar cells) will benefit science and help preserve the planet. After graduation, he plans to continue his work as a scientist, focusing on biophysical research in the field of photosynthesis.
    
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Dr Aoife Lyons (left), director of educational initiatives at Alltech, and Dr Inge Russell (right), director of the Alltech Young Scientist program, present Rafal Bialek with his award as the undergraduate winner of the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist program. Mr Bialek is a student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.
A panel of agriculture industry leaders selected eight finalists from an initial field of nearly 9000 registrants from 62 countries. The graduate winner received US$10,000, and the undergraduate winner received US$5000. Alltech also recognised 46 regional and local award winners, who received up to US$2000 each.

Students were challenged to pursue solutions in animal health and nutrition, crop science, aquaculture, food science, algae, environmental science and other agri-science related areas.

“This year we encouraged students to push the envelope and to ‘rebel’ in their search for solutions to today’s challenges,” said Dr Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.

“Once again this group of students did not disappoint. We congratulate these winners for rising to the challenge and demonstrating their potential as scientific leaders.”

REBELation concluded Wednesday, with featured speakers University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of “Kill the Company.” Mr Calipari was presented with the Alltech Humanitarian Award.

Visit the Alltech site HERE.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Norel Animal Nutrition company profile

http://www.norel.es/en


Norel are an innovative company whose business is focused on the development, manufacture and trade of additives and raw materials for animal nutrition.


At Norel their main aim is to meet and satisfy the needs of their customers.

Visit the website HERE.


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