June 6, 2020


Delacon: Phytogenics mitigates emissions, preserves biodiversity



On World Environment Day on Friday, June 5, Delacon stressed the role of plant-based additives, or phytogenics, in reducing emissions.


The Austria-based phytogenic feed additive company noted that it is still not in the public perception that plant-based feed additives in livestock production can make a great contribution to reduce emissions.


It made an example to show the potential of phytogenics in poultry production: Assuming that every broiler in the EU is fed with the phytogenic feed additive Biostrong® 5101, this means 1.8 million tons less CO2 emitted, which is nearly the same amount as the annual emissions of Malta.


Delacon also gave attention to nature's biodiversity, saying human life needs biodiversity. "Ecosystems like oceans, forests, or coral reefs stay healthy with rich biodiversity. Healthy ecosystems clean air and water, secure nutrition and raw materials, and reduce natural disasters".


Recently, feed additives found their way into political discussion. The European Commission presented the Farm to Fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The strategy also includes the facilitation of the market placement of sustainable and innovative feed additives. Delacon said that under this strategy, there is a lot of potential besides the known factors for saving emissions to preserve rich biodiversity.


Plant-based feed additives have vast potential to reduce emissions  IMAGE: DELACON