Environmental footprinting consortium plans for global feed guidelines

Feed LCA Recommendations expected in 2013

The European Feed Manufacturer’s Federation, FEFAC, and the American Feed Industry Association, AFIA, set up a consortium in 2011 with the view to collaborate on environmental footprinting. 

The FEFAC and AFIA consortium, together with the International Feed Industry Federation, IFIF, has joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organization-led partnership on benchmarking and monitoring the environmental performance of livestock supply chains. The consortium expects to reach a first milestone in 2013 with the publication of the first version of the Feed LCA Recommendations and guidance document. “With the need to reduce the impact of livestock products on the environment, being able to measure the impacts associated with feed using a sound and harmonized methodology is a first step to initiate mitigations options” said Joel Newman, AFIA’s president and CEO.  

“These recommendations are meant to respond to the need of feed operators and to the demand of feed customers such as the dairy and meat sectors” said Patrick Vanden Avenne, FEFAC’s president. The interim version of the FEFAC and AFIA Feed LCA Recommendations will be presented at the occasion of the 4th Global Feed and Food Congress organized by IFIF in South Africa in April 2013. The recommendations are being developed in accordance with the main international standards and guidelines and take place in the framework of the FAO’s Partnership, which aims at improving how the environmental impacts of livestock products are measured. They will be complemented by a database of the GHG emissions of the major processed feed ingredients.

“The sustainable development of global livestock production is one of the key priorities for IFIF,” said Mario Cutait, IFIF’s chairman. “IFIF welcomes these Feed LCA Recommendations, which represent an important first step towards a globally harmonized industry standard for Feed LCA.”