The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) said this is the third and final module of its CPD course on sustainability.
John Kelley, managing director of AIC Services, reckons the module is very comprehensive. The course is aimed at helping feed advisers ”meet their sustainability goals” when giving feed advice, he added.
The module explores issues related to ‘forest commodities’ such as soybean meal and palm oil, the benefits of the use co-products and former food products in rations, including the role of the UK’s Former Foodstuffs Processors Association (UKFFPA) within the sector.
The training sessions will also assess how certification can support responsible sourcing, with a focus on the updated FEFAC soy sourcing guidelines and the AIC Roadmap for a Sustainable Food Chain.
Leveraging the GFLI database
The module outlines the importance of calculating accurate lifecycle assessment (LCA) data for feeds using the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) database as well, showing participants how to apply that information.
In addition, the participants will hear about sustainable feed manufacturing and distribution and what factors should be considered in terms of the compound feed manufacturing process and onward distribution to farms.
The course also focuses on sustainable use of feed on farms, how to prevent waste, for example, said the AIC.
It also considers the opportunities for alternative protein streams such as insect protein and looks at ways to reduce a feed’s carbon footprint, exploring the potential offered by legumes and looking at the development of additives to reduce emissions.