For Immediate Release
International Poultry Expo
Tucker, Ga. - February 1, 2024
Education Program Explores Feed Industry’s Role in Sustainability
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) hosted a half-day educational program on Jan. 30 focused on how the environmental, social and governance (ESG) pillars apply to and create sustainability opportunities for the feed industry. The AFIA held the program, “Feed Your ESG: How Feed Will Help Hit Sustainability Targets,” during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), which happened this week in Atlanta, Ga.
“Our goal with this educational program is to bring understanding to the complexities of sustainability and ESG metrics within the animal feed industry,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “The heart of the animal feed industry lies in its commitment to sustainability, extending beyond environmental factors. This commitment reflects the industry's dedication to not only nourishing animals but also enriching the lives of employees and the communities they support, which has an important place when it comes to overall sustainability.”
This program had nearly 120 attendees and featured speakers who shed light on the relationship between sustainability and animal feed production. Mike Gauss, president at Kent Nutrition Group, and Anne-Marie Neeteson, global senior advisor of welfare, sustainability and compliance at Aviagen Group, provided examples of actionable strategies on how companies can utilize current values and business practices as a guide when developing sustainability metrics.
“When it comes to ESGs, many people are going to tell you what you should care about. Sustainability is your journey, and you have to make it your own,” said Gauss. “For us, our ESG pillars are determined by our core values.”
In addition, Lara Moody, executive director at the Institute for Feed Education and Research, and Matt Sutton-Vermeulen, partner at The Context Network, provided insights on how sustainability within the feed industry fits into the broader food supply chain and provides solutions for its customers.
“As downstream stakeholders in the food supply chain pursue their long-term goals and targets, feed offers significant opportunities and solutions,” said Moody. “The animal feed industry is continually innovating to add value to our animal production partners, and those innovations can also be solutions for our downstream customers and consumer-facing companies in reaching their sustainability goals.”
The presentations were followed by a panel discussion where attendees engaged with the speakers on a deeper level, exploring the various dimensions of sustainability in the animal feed industry.
Attendees ask questions of “Feed Your ESG: How Feed Can Help Hit Sustainability Goals” panelists.