Dairy products — key to a sustainable food system

Published on 23-06-2021 - By Kemin

The increasing demand for food and resources due to the rising and rapid growth of the population is a severe threat to world sustainability. In fact, our population of 7.9 billion is growing at an alarming rate of 1.05% per year. This means our resources are continuously depleting without a chance of being replenished. As a result, we need to use all possible means to find solutions to keep the environment safe, protect world biodiversity, avoid deforestation, ensure sufficient water supply, and to use all other available resources economically and efficiently.

As a result of the increasing world population, the need for protein consumption is also increasing dramatically. Ruminants are crucial for fulfilling the increasing demands on high-quality animal protein, milk, and meat. Intriguingly, ruminants are the highest land occupying animals worldwide and are the primary source of protein for people living in developing areas, especially in less fertile or in desert areas. Additionally, we must not forget that we will need to increase the rate of food production to meet the needs of a growing population and for that ruminant production is key with its role of converting vegetable protein into animal protein, contributing substantially to human nutrition by the production of milk and meat. Rumen microorganisms process lignocellulose from low quality roughage into volatile fatty acids and energy, to transfer non-protein nitrogen into microbial protein.

What is more is that we need to consider essential and effective strategies for sustainable feeding and intensification of animals.

The way forward – rumen-protected amino acids

Rumen-protected amino acids are key to increasing efficiency in the ruminant sector. That’s because using Methionine and Lysine to supplement diets can have a significant impact on various elements which in turn impact profitability and sustainability.

That’s why at Kemin we strongly believe in precision feeding whereby nutrients such as RPAA can help towards efficient production and a reduction in raw material use. This, therefore, leads to overall decreased CO2 emissions.

What is more is that precision feeding, with the use of rumen-protected amino acids, can improve nutrient use, animal health, growth, reproduction, and milk production and composition. Along us with a better cheese efficiency when we look at the industry level, meaning that we will need less kilograms of milk to produce one kilogram of cheese.