The Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) announces a new member: IFFO – The Marine Ingredients organisation, the international trade organisation which represents the marine ingredients industry, such as fishmeal, fish oil and other related industries.
Marine ingredients are nutritious products used mainly for aquafeed (over 70%), land animal feed and as health supplements in human consumption. IFFO’s members reside in more than 50 countries, account for over 55% of world production and 75% of the fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide. IFFO is an accredited Observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
IFFO promotes an open and responsible industry which is vital to the global food industry. It conducts collaborative and science-based programmes of research and data gathering, with the aim of supporting the global food system in feeding a growing population sustainably. Marine ingredients generally perform better than terrestrial ingredients for most environmental impact parameters, but data need to be updated to include by-product materials as well as all major fisheries supplying raw material to the marine ingredients industry.
“The aim of the GFLI membership is to facilitate transparency and a more rapid transformation to sustainable feed supply chains. The marine ingredients industry has been contributing to transparency on sustainability metrics through the various works it has commissioned over time regarding impact, effectiveness, and value of the use of marine ingredients. We now want to go further, towards a more holistic and comprehensive measurement based on the use of lifecycle assessment (LCA) analyses.” IFFO’s Technical Director, Dr Brett Glencross, says.
GFLI welcomes IFFO and is eager to see their progression in LCAs and their sustainable endeavours.