• American Nutrition Forum
    • Date: November 4th-6th, 2013

    • "Reshaping the Future of Animal Production."

    • … bringing together thought and trend leaders …

    • … in the most visited city of Texas …

    • San Antonio

American Nutrition Forum 2013

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American Nutrition Forum 2013

San Antonio, TX - November 4th-6th, 2013

Topic: Reshaping the future of animal production.


The First Biennial AMERICAN NUTRITION FORUM is over.

It was held in Biomin America’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas.

ANF 2013


The welcome

The Forum was a scientific event where challenging discussions will cover themes on how we, BIOMIN, are collaboratively working and progressing in “Reshaping the Future of Animal Production.” The unique and historic San Antonio had the honor of being the host of the forum. San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas with a vibrant and growing economy with a diverse cultural opportunities. The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort was the venue for this milestone event. The participants were received with a gala welcome dinner and were entertained by Mariachi band which was playing traditional folk music.


ANF 2013

The age of scarcity is over
Erich Erber, Chairman, Erber AG

Erich Erber, chairman of BIOMIN, initiated the plenary scientific session and discussed the effects of transition from the age of abundance to scarcity. Erber discussed the generous availability of resources, commodities and associated population growth till 1999 when the world met its 6 billionth inhabitant. Since then the scenario started to dive into a mere dearth age and the changes started to affect human lives more than ever in the history of human race. The commodities market has changed from a buyer’s to seller’s market as the process of consolidation left several raw materials in the hands of just a few suppliers from specific countries. The end of this age of scarcity is nowhere in sight as the supplies of almost all commodities have been declining at an accelerating pace in relation to the growing world population. Hence it is imperative to think out-of-the-box to face the present and future challenges, as it is not the cheapest kilogram of feed anymore but the cheapest kilogram of meat, milk or eggs produced. A “just-in-time” feeding regime using liquid feeding system and integrated waste and energy management are some of the best examples to lower the cost of animal production. We must learn to manage the shortages ahead in the absence of cheap energy, cheap commodities and cheap China. The American Nutrition Forum provides a great platform to discuss the various minds in our endeavor to move closer towards this objective.


Doris and John Naisbitt at WNF 2012

More sustainability to be the norm
Jason Clay, World Wildlife Federation

Jason Clay focused on the challenges the world is going to face in the future to feed the growing world population which is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. As the global population is predicted to increase by 30% in 2050 by the United Nations, the consumption and income have been forecasted to increase by 100% and 190%, respectively. This increase will create more demand to produce more from less. Hence we must shift our thinking from trying to maximize any one variable to optimizing the key ones, in other words we must intensify production sustainably. This also brings in another perspective that we can’t afford to focus on everything or just one thing, and we have to be strategic. Rebuilding soils and bringing abandoned agricultural lands back into production is another much needed strategy. Brazil’s reclaiming degraded land process by increasing soil carbon from 0.5-3% reduced the use of pesticides up to 50% and fungicides up to 70% while also reducing effluents by 90% which resulted in increased profitability to the farmers. Hence the focus should be on the strategy on how to move more sustainable commodities from niche to norm. This could be achieved by reducing transactions, pooling commitments resulting in reduced carbon footprint of protein by sources such as beef, pork, chicken, eggs and vegetables. The consumer goods forum is focusing to take deforestation out of their sources by 2020. The key sustainability indicators of animal protein production systems are feed conversion, protein efficiency, nitrogen and phosphorus emission, use of land and consumptive fresh water. Losses in these systems increase environmental impacts. Hence, animal protein production systems should monitor these indicators more closely by measuring their requirement per gram of protein produced along with the time it took to produce the protein.


Species-specific Breakout Sessions

The American Nutrition Forum is recognized as a valuable scientific event and this would not have been possible without the high profile speakers that opened the floor to many challenging discussions under the theme "Reshaping the future of animal production”. Species-specific breakout sessions, featuring poultry, pig, ruminant and aquaculture experts from industry and academia, were a good opportunity to discuss the fundamentals of livestock production and the drivers behind. The conclusions and main ideas of the four sessions were brought back into the plenary by Mike Eder (CEO of BIOMIN Americas) and the three session chairs – Mamduh Sifri, Ana de Souza and Dwain Bunting.

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The participants went on a short trip to Don Strange Rodeo on the evening of day 2. The cow boys and girls engaged the participants with their adventurous but traditional Texan actions. After the event, the guests were introduced to the cultural icon of Texas – the long horns. The dinner with music by a country band entertained the audience for the night.

Asian Dinner at WNF 2012 International Gala Dinner at WNF 2012

After the closure of the forum on day 3, the participants were taken on a social day in the afternoon. A tour to the missions of San Antonio – The Alamo, San Jose, Concepcion, San Juan and Espada. Following the visit to the missions, the guests went on a walk around the famous river walk. This walk covered lush landscapes, quaint pathways, tinkling waterfalls, quiet pools, outdoor art and relaxing outdoor patios which evoked the cultural and architectural diversity. The dinner was arranged at the Westin river walk for the night before bidding adieu to the participants for their trip back.

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