DSM "We Make It Possible" Initiative
 
 
Recently, DSM announced its "We Make It Possible" initiative, which aims to lead a robust and achievable transformation worldwide in sustainable animal protein production in the agriculture industry, as well as accelerate solutions that will foster a brighter future. eFeedLink speaks to Achyuth Iyengar, Director Speciality Solutions, Animal Nutrition and Health at DSM Nutritional Products Asia Pacific Region to learn more about "We Make It Possible" initiative and how it addresses sustainability challenges in the feed and livestock industry.
 

 
What is the "We Make It Possible" initiative?
"We Make It Possible" is a cutting-edge strategic initiative with a mission to lead a robust and achievable transformation worldwide in a sustainable animal protein production, and to accelerate solutions that will foster a brighter future.
 
 
The initiative is an expression of our DNA: Sustainability. "We Make It Possible" reflects our commitment not only to be part of the value chain but to be a change agent, steering the global conversations, connecting various stakeholders of the farming ecosystem, thinking ahead, generating ideas and new ways of working.
 
 
The initiative demonstrates our vision – how we see the future of the farming industry and the role we want to play. Our work supports the development of a more sustainable global animal production industry.
 
One core tenet of "We Make It Possible" for example, is to meet the demand for animal protein that is rising alongside our growing population. Overtime, this need for ever-increasing quantities of animal protein, which is already placing tremendous pressure on our planet's finite natural resources, will lead to significant environmental strain, and take our food systems well beyond the planet's boundaries. The time to change is now – it is not an impossible challenge.
 
How does the "We Make It Possible" strategic initiative fit into the wider business strategy of DSM?
 
A strong society is more than just a strong economy. Making money is a means to an end, not an objective. The objective must be a healthy, functioning society for all. DSM as a global brand is centred on a purposed-led strategy driven by sustainable solutions for a better world and quality of life. In ANH, we believe in sustainable food systems, and that the livestock industry can transform itself from within to be part of the solution to the world's sustainability challenge.
 
What drives the "We Make It Possible" initiative?
 
Aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 12, 13, and 14, the initiative is driven by six sustainability platforms that will address the major challenges facing the animal farming industry. These focus areas are:
 
·       Improving the lifetime performance of farm animals

·       Improving the quality of food (i.e. meat, milk, fish, and eggs) while reducing food loss and waste

·       Reducing emissions from livestock

·       Making efficient use of natural resources

·       Reducing the reliance on marine resources

·       Helping tackle anti-microbial resistance
 
The UN sustainable development goals are a blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future for all. The goals listed above are as follows:

2 –  Zero hunger

3 –  Good health and wellbeing

12 – Responsible consumption and production

13 – Climate action

14 – Life below water
 
Can you tell us more about the six sustainability platforms?
 
To feed 9.7 billion people by 2050 sustainably and responsibly within our planet's finite resources, the time to change is now. We're focusing our expertise on six key areas to support the livestock value chain and address the challenges facing our planet. Together, we will work at country and species level to make tangible, measurable impacts.
 
·       Improving the lifetime performance of farm animals
 
Our efforts focus on improving animal health and welfare at every stage of life. Optimising the health of livestock is essential for improving animal performance and overall production efficiency, thereby helping to drive more sustainable animal production.
 
Health issues reduce the performance of an animal over its lifetime. Without proper nutrition, welfare, and health management, livestock production efficiency can decrease by as much as 33%. We design species-specific, smart nutritional plans that improve animal health, welfare, and overall performance across the lifetime of the animal.
 
For example, in cattle our nutritional solutions help optimise skeletal development and health, nutrient utilisation and fertility, while combating ketosis, mastitis and lameness. It is through our nutritional solutions and knowhow that we help address the issues that lead to less sustainable herds.
 
·       Improving the quality of food (i.e. meat, milk, fish, and eggs) while reducing food loss and waste
 
Approximately one-third of food derived from animal protein production is currently lost or wasted. Action at every stage of the food supply chain is required to tackle this issue.
 
We are transforming the way we feed our animals in order to improve the quality of meat, milk, fish, and eggs, reducing loss and waste through the value chain. By focusing on Optimum Vitamin Nutrition (OVN)™ we can help reduce food loss and waste in animal protein value chains. Vitamins are vital for life. They are essential component of biological processes. By ensuring animals are fed at optimum levels, we can help address some of the common issues of loss and waste in animal production.
 
We apply our unique understanding of vitamin D to layer nutrition to help hens lay robust and nutritious eggs, leading to significantly less egg breakages and subsequent food loss.
 
Vitamin E is one nature's most powerful antioxidants and is essential for maintaining the integrity of muscle cells. Feeding optimal levels of vitamin E during the growing phase of animal production ensures that sufficient vitamin E is deposited in the muscle cell membranes, improving the quality of the meat. This results in long shelf life and less food loss and waste.
 
·       Reducing emissions from livestock
 
We're finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, as animal farming accounts for 14.5% of all human derived greenhouse gas emissions. This figure needs to be rapidly reduced to help limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C by 2050.
 
Improving feed digestibility and reducing the feed conversion ratio is one of the major levers of sustainable animal production. In addition to lessening the strain on land use, this approach reduces the indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated with animal production (emissions associated with the crops grown for feed production).
 
Feed enzymes improve feed digestibility. By unlocking the nutrient potential of feed raw materials, we can get more out of less feed. This hugely reduces the environmental impact of animal production, especially with regard to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as nitrogen and phosphorus levels in manure and subsequent release to the environment.
 
·       Making efficient use of natural resources
 
Growth in animal production places tremendous demands on the world's natural resources. The industry must become more efficient, use less land, and reduce its environmental footprint.
 
Feed enzymes are an established and evolving technology that offer tangible, measurable means to achieve these objectives.
 
Feed enzymes improve feed ingredient digestibility. They substantially reduce the amount of feed needed to meet the world's growing demand for animal protein. They also enable the greater use of alternative, local feed ingredients and by-products, reducing our reliance on soy and other major crops.
 
·       Reducing the reliance on marine resources
 
We help reduce the aquaculture industry's reliance on marine resources through our Veramaris® technology and nutritional solutions that allow alternative raw material use in aquaculture diets. We're cultivating marine algae that naturally produce omega 3 and EPA / DHA, so we can help reduce the reliance on wild fish stocks and enable the aquaculture industry to grow.
 
·       Helping tackle anti-microbial resistance
 
Responsible use of antibiotics is pivotal to driving transformational change. We're focusing our expertise and passion on developing novel nutritional solutions which increase the resilience of animals to stress and pathogens, limiting antibiotic use. Essentially, we need to replace antibiotic growth promoters and switch to antibiotic-free diets.
 
Innovative feed additives such as eubiotics and enzymes, along with optimum vitamin nutrition are proven nutritional solutions that improve gut health, robustness and growth of farm animals, helping to eliminate the need for AGPs and help lessen the need for antibiotic treatments.
 
What are DSM's overarching nutrition goals?
 
Sustainability is our core value and it underpins our purpose-led, performance-driven strategy. To deliver the solutions our planet needs in order to create bright lives for all, we have established four key nutrition goals:
 
a.    To advocate healthy and balanced nutrition for all

b.    To improve the nutrient content both of feed and of feed

c.    To enable the feeding of the world's growing population based on the finite natural resources available

d.    To reduce the eco-footprint of food production, which means keeping it within planetary boundaries
 
How has this strategic initiative been received within DSM?
 
We've received great feedback and excitement across the entire DSM business. It's nice to see this initiative igniting passion and collaboration cross-departments. Everyone understands how important this is for people worldwide and for our planet. It isn't abstract – the changes we make will affect our own lives, the lives of our children, and generations to come.
 


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