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Thursday 21st March 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePoultrySite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor


Sustainable Production without Antibiotics and GM?

As the global population grows to an expected nine billion people by 2050, the need to produce more food and energy with less pollution is becoming more and more critical.

In some areas of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa, farmers struggle to find enough nutrients in the soil for crops and pasture. In other areas such as the rapidly developing areas of South and East Asia there is a problem with overuse of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus.

A new report prepared by the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management in collaboration with the International Nitrogen Initiative, Our Nutrient World, gives a global overview on nutrient management.

Another report, Driving Sustainability, from LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), which was launched at the International Food Event in London showed that while a vast majority of companies believe sustainability to be increasingly important - 82 per cent of companies surveyed - only 19 per cent monitored the sustainability of the products they sourced.

The report, surveyed nearly 1,000 representatives from across the food industry.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, agreed or strongly agreed that their company should take sustainability more seriously, with a further 66 per cent looking to improve the integrity of their supply chains through better traceability and provenance.

In the US, organic food companies are also increasingly adopting a wide range of sustainability initiatives, according to the first Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) Annual Member Sustainability Report.

Consumer perceptions of how livestock are reared for meat have been shaped by misconceptions and misunderstanding.

Inflamed by hyped media reports about disease outbreaks, malpractice in the meat and livestock sectors and fears over food safety, many consumers believe that food animals and meat are full of medicines, antibiotics and growth hormones.

According to research by the market analysis group, IGD, about 72 per cent of consumers believe that medicines and vaccinations are getting into the food chain.

Speaking at a recent conference organised by the industry body, the National Office for Animal Health, Michael Freedman, IGD Shopper Insight Manager, said that while the majority of consumers recognise that veterinary medicines are used in the production of livestock for food, most are either unaware or do not understand the difference between their preventative use or their curative use.

The debate over genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union has been reignited with the launch of a new campaign hoping to halt the authorisation of 25 new GM crops in Europe.

Campaigners from protest group, Stop the Crop, claim that such a move would drastically change farming in Europe, leading to a big increase in pesticide use, contamination of conventional and organic crops and a further industrialisation of the countryside.

The European Commission is currently considering reviving talks to approve 25 new GM crops for cultivation in Europe – including crops resistant to the pesticide RoundUp and insecticide-producing varieties of GM maize, soybean and sugar beet. Stop the Crop claims that GM crops are "unnecessary, risky and profit large multinational companies at the expense of small-scale and sustainable farming".

Mute Schimpf, food campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "This campaign aims to stop further genetically modified crops from being licensed in the European Union."

UK Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, highlighted the benefits of GM crops at this year's Oxford Farming Conference, stating that in terms of innovation, GM crops should not be overlooked.

He said: "I believe that GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation."


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This Weeks Articles and Analysis

Physiological Responses to Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning and Implications for Welfare
Low atmospheric pressure stunning is a humane approach that has the potential to improve welfare of poultry at slaughter, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Glasgow and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Laying Hen Mortality by System – a Welfare Guide?
The production system is not necessarily a good guide to the welfare of laying hens, according to David Burch of Octagon Services in the UK - whatever the system, good management is essential.

Livestock Resources and Environmental Issues in Asia
Livestock production is a significant and growing source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, range degradation and greenhouse gases, according to Benjamin Henderson (Livestock Policy Officer) and Henning Steinfeld (Chief of Livestock Information and Policy Branch), both with the FAO in Rome. They also identify possible solutions to these problems.

Water Reuse in Poultry Processing Now Addressed in the HACCP Programme
The USDA-Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) indicated that if water is to be reused in a poultry processing facility, then this reuse water must be accounted for in the plant's HACCP programme. This requirement may cause some difficulties as processors consider the associated hazard analyses, according to Dr Scott Russell of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia.

Full Length Genomes of ILTV Strains and Live Attenuated Vaccines: Rationale for the Design of Recombinant ILTV Vaccines
Researchers in Georgia, US, have identified several genetic changes as potential virulence factors of infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV), information that will aid the development of better vaccines in future.

Control of Salmonella Contamination of Shell Eggs - Pre-harvest and Post-harvest Methods: a Review
A new and thorough review from researchers based in Romania and Belgium examines how Salmonella contamination of shell eggs can be minimised by preventative methods on the farm and further along the food chain.

Improved Intestinal Health through Phytogenic Feed Additives
The incorporation of phytogenic feed additives (PFA) in poultry diets can significantly contribute to intestinal health and, hence, profitability in poultry production, according to Dr Tobias Steiner, Technical Manager with Biomin.

Company News

Hubbard Grand Parent Distributor Meeting Held in Bangkok
THAILAND - On Monday, 11 March, Hubbard organised a special Grand Parent Distributor Meeting, for which the attendees came from all over the world.
Evaporative Cooling Media Manufacturer Locating in Malaysia
MALAYSIA - Port-A-Cool, LLC, manufacturer of KÜÜL® pads evaporative cooling media, announced that the Center, Texas, USA, company will be establishing a manufacturing facility in Malaysia.
VIV ASIA: Bayer Animal Health Presents Species Health Solutions
THAILAND - Bayer Animal Health presented 'Species Health Solutions' for pigs, poultry and aquaculture at VIV Asia 2013 in Bangkok. The company was also celebrating 150 years of success through innovation and change.
Erber Wins Personality Award at VIV Asia 2013
THAILAND - Erich Erber, chairman of the Executive Board of Erber Group and founder of Biomin was awarded the Asian Personality Award at VIV Asia 2013 in recognition of his 30 years of contribution to the field of animal nutrition.
Market Reports

USDA Turkey Hatchery: Eggs in Incubators on March 1 Down 7 Percent from Last Year
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USDA Broiler Hatchery: Broiler - Type Eggs Set in the 19 State Total Up 1 Percent

Global Poultry Industry News

   Russian Federation

Strong Performance from Cherkizovo Group
Russia Tells US to Prove Absence of Ractopamine in Meat Products

   United Kingdom

BPC, Morrisons and Cross-party Group Deliver Petition to Treasury
Can Myths over Antimicrobial Resistance be Broken?
Partnership Deal Hopes to Drive Agri-food Innovation
Growing CAP Coalition Warns of Threat to English Farmers from Government
Industry Feedback Sets Pig & Poultry LIVE Agenda
Showcase for Local Food as Easter Fest Returns
2013 Budget 'Will Help Farmers'
BPC Responds to 2013 Budget

   China

Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians in Beijing
Chinese Consumers Aware of Food Safety
DCE to Launch Egg Futures Contract
Chinese Agrifood Prices Continue to Fall
Successful Completion of First Round of Sampling

   India

Rising Mercury Cools Down Poultry Prices
Rice Gains; Egg, Wheat Prices Decline

   European Union

Mixed Feelings over CAP Vote
EU Earmarks €15m for Food and Feed Safety Testing
GM Crops: Is European Farming at Risk?
NFU Responds to Latest CAP Talks
Latest CAP Discussions Hailed as 'a Step in the Right Direction'

   United States

House of Raeford Pulls out of Commodity Turkey Business
Legislation to Restrict Antibiotic Use Introduced - Again
Report Attacks Conditions in Poultry Plants
Poultry Processor Faces Charges After Death at Plant
Raising Backyard Birds Requires Planning and Time
Mountaire Expands Frozen, Boneless Chicken Capacity
Poultry Groups See Potential of Indonesian Market
Mid-year Soybean Stocks
CME: Retail Prices for Meat, Poultry Proteins Stay Strong
NFU Reflects on Contributions of American Agriculture
NFU Disappointed in “No” Votes on H.R. 933 Amendments
US Senators Commended for Working to Shine Light on Antibiotics Practices
NCC Lauds Senate Action to Prevent Furloughs of Federal Food Inspectors

   Global

Cambodia, Laos Targeted in CPF Expansion
Balancing More Food and Energy with Less Pollution
Solidarity Against Antimicrobial Resistance
FAO: World Not Coping Well with Change in Diets
BIRD FLU: China Completes First Round of Sampling; Bird Flu on Dutch Poultry Farm; FAO Launches E-learning Modules
Importance of Sustainability Growing for Food Industry
E-learning Modules on Bioinformatics in Animal Viral Pathogens

   Canada

Calgary Co-op Members in Favour of 'Ethical' Eggs, Pork
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Have High Genomic Replikin Counts
Chicken Farmers of Canada Recognised for On-farm Food Safety

   Nigeria

Customs Destroys Poultry Products in Ogun

   Australia

Chicken Farmers Seek Legal Protection Against Animal Activists

   Denmark

Denmark Strengthens Relations with China in Animal Science

   South Africa

South Africa's Ag Minister to Open Congress

   Oman

Oman Seizes Indian Eggs

   Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Feed Imports Head to 2.4 Million Tonnes

   Ecuador

Ecuador Feed Production Expected to Increase

   Netherlands

Bird Flu Found on Dutch Poultry Farm

   Spain

Reminder on UFAW Symposium: Priorities Around the World

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