Specialty Feed Ingredients Sustainability (SFIS) Project


The Specialty Feed Ingredients Sustainability (SFIS) project brings together for the first time a consortium of international companies and associations dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of livestock through innovative specialty feed ingredients.

The project partners have joined together to measure and establish the role of specialty feed ingredients (SFIs), specifically amino acids and enzymes, on the environmental impact of livestock production and are united in their goal to contribute to the reduction of emissions in the food and feed chain.

The SFIS consortium is led by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA), and brings together the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Japan Feed Manufacturers Association (JFMA) and the Brazilian Feed Industry Association (Sindirações), as well as companies active in the production of feed and specialty feed ingredients.

The overall results of the study announced on 5 February 2014 show that the use of these SFIs in animal diets reduces the consumption of basic feed ingredients. Furthermore the study demonstrates that the use of SFIs, such as amino acids and phytase, results in clear reductions of the Global Warming Potential, as well as the Eutrophication and Acidification Potential during livestock production.  

You can download the overview and results of the study from Europe, North America and South America on the left side of this page or here. The results have also been published in the peer reviewed Journal of Animal Science under the title ‘Environmental impact of using specialty feed ingredients in swine and poultry production: A life cycle assessment’ by Kebreab et al. 2016. You can download the paper here or on the left side of this page.

The rigorous SFIS analysis employed life cycle assessment (LCA) to examine the use of low protein diets (Nitrogen) and phytase (P) in pigs and poultry. In addition to the positive results, the study also points towards future developments, such as improved feed conversion driven by advancing technologies in animal feeding through using SFIs.

By setting up a standard approach to measure this role and delivering a manual of nutritional practice, the project will enable SFIs to be included in the evaluation of the mitigation measures to reduce the environmental impact of animal production on a global basis.

The results of the study were validated by an independent Scientific Council made up of global experts in the fields of LCA methodology and animal nutrition to ensure scientifically robust inputs in the analysis and were published in the Journal of Animal Science.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, Chair of Sustainable Engineering at the Technical University Berlin and Chairman of the SFIS Scientific Council, welcomes the “involvement of globally renowned experts in such an important project, which aims to contribute to global activities in the area of the environmental effect of livestock production.” Prof. Finkbeiner added “the Members of the Council would provide expert review for results of the projects, which will be shared with international stakeholders and with feed chain operators in order to encourage more sustainable livestock production globally.”

SFIS Scientific Council Members

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner (Chair), Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Kees de Lange, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Prof. Dr. Jean-Yves Dourmad, INRA Agrocampus Ouest, France
  • Prof. Dr. Ermias Kebreab, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Gustavo Julio Mello Monteiro de Lima, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Suínos e Aves, Brazil
  • Prof. Dr. John Pluske, Murdoch University, Australia
     

SFIS Consortium Partners

Association Members IFIF, FEFANA, AFIA, JFMA, Sindirações
Full Members AB Vista, Adisseo, ADM, Ajinomoto, BASF, DSM, Dupont Industrial, Evonik Industries AG, Novus
Observers Alltech, InVivo, Nutreco, Taminco