Botanical Feed Additives Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Farm Animals
STEYREGG, Austria, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Botanical feed additives support sustainable livestock operations, thereby promoting the health of farm animals as well as reducing their impact on the environment and public health. Recent scientific studies revealed that if all poultry and pigs in the world were fed botanical feed additives, 29 million tons of CO2 equivalents could be eliminated from the environment each year: a carbon footprint of all citizens of Spain's capital, Madrid.
Botanical feed additives used in animal production have long been proven to have positive effects on the environment. Known as "phytogenic feed additives", the active ingredients in these products are derived solely from herbs, spices and their extracts. They help farmers raise healthy animals and reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions.
As natural foods and food-sources becoming increasingly important considerations in consumer decision making, the consumer's concerns become the concerns of feed producers, farmers, supermarkets and restaurants. Consumer choice will continue to make a difference to the quality of the food we eat.
The family owned company DELACON is the pioneer and world's largest producer of phytogenic feed additives. From the very beginning, improved animal welfare, performance and feed efficiency while ensuring a high quality and sustainable food chain has been a main goal for the company. The scientific Carbon Footprint Life Cycle Assessment of DELACON products showed a significant reduction of environmental impacts when these additives are used in livestock production. A calculation shows that if all poultry and pigs in the world were fed phytogenic feed additives, 29 million tons of CO2 equivalents could be eliminated from the environment annually: a carbon footprint of all citizens of Spain's capital Madrid.
SOURCE DELACON Biotechnik Ges.m.b.H.