Palm oil in animal feed is becoming increasingly sustainable

The German Feed Association (DVT) supports the Forum Sustainable Palm Oil. It has now been accepted as the 50th member. "For me this is a very special message. With DVT, we complete our membership circle with the important branch of the animal feed industry and thus a significant buyer of palm oil in Germany. 50 members underline that more and more sustainable palm oil is becoming more and more popular on the German market and thus more and more companies in Germany are recognizing their responsibility for environmental and climate protection as well as the observance of human rights," says Almut Feller, CEO of FONAP.
According to the latest FONAP study on the palm oil market in Germany from 2018, the animal feed industry is the third largest palm oil processing economic sector with around 150,000 tonnes. As an independent trade association, DVT represents the interests of companies that produce, store and trade in feed, premixes and additives for livestock and pets. With over 280 members, the association represents the majority of the German feed market. "As a member of the Sustainable Palm Oil Forum, we want to promote the dialogue in partnership in the food and feed chain and help to implement the goals of FONAP," says Dr. Hermann-Josef Baaken, spokesman of the DVT management board, explaining the reasons for joining.
Not all members of DVT process sustainably certified palm oil, even though the proportion has increased steadily in recent years. The association recommends its member companies to use sustainably certified palm oil to accelerate the changeover.
Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl e. V. is an association of companies, associations, non-governmental organizations and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The association is funded by the BMEL via the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR). The aim of FONAP is to ensure that 100% sustainably certified palm oil is used in Germany.
The members of the forum have made a corresponding voluntary commitment. A further aim of FONAP is to improve the recognised certification systems and to promote the use of certified palm oil both nationally and internationally as well.