The German Association Tiernahrung e. V. (DVT) welcomes the European Commission's report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union (EU), published on 22 November 2018. The political interest in the EU protein plan is evident both at European and national level. The topic was already taken up in the spring when it was announced by the European Federation of the Compound Feed Industry (FEFAC). FEFAC has published a position paper that the DVT supports. DVT Managing Director Hermann-Josef Baaken: "Availability, quality and competitiveness of vegetable proteins are the basic conditions and should be promoted. Animal feed manufacturers will actively participate in protein supply solutions. This also includes alternatives to conventional protein crops. "At the same time, the DVT points out that such solutions must be economically viable and meet the requirements of quality assurance.
"We also need to recognize that for the foreseeable future, the import of various sources of protein is indispensable. To this end, the European feed industry has developed the guidelines for sustainable soya procurement, which are already highly accepted today, "says Baaken. According to DVT surveys among the members of the association, about 60 % of soybean in Germany is currently being used with sustainability certifications based on the FEFAC guidelines. The demand for sustainably produced animal food will be the most important driver for a further increase. According to a recent study commissioned by the Federal Government's Sustainable Palm Oil Forum, 26 % of palm oil in compound feed is sustainably certified. This proportion has increased significantly in the last two years and is also noteworthy because palm oil accounts for only about 0.6 % of the raw materials used in the compound feed. Wherever possible and required, alternatives are used.
For further development, solutions must be sought in consideration of nutritional requirements, emphasizes Baaken. The knowledge and needs of animal nutrition must therefore be taken into account. One of the primary objectives is to reduce nitrogen emissions and nutrient surpluses. They thus make a contribution to achieving the climate protection goals.