The challenge

  • Today, the Norwegian fish farming and farm animal industries rely largely on imported plant ingredients, such as soy.
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Today, the Norwegian fish farming and farm animal industries rely largely on imported plant ingredients, such as soy. But Norway can no longer continue to depend so heavily on imports, as there have been dramatic changes in world feed resources in recent years, with decreasing supply and higher prices.

The challenge

In addition, the use of human food as feed ingredients has been questioned, both for ethical and economic reasons. Future fish and animal production will require competitive and sustainable novel feed ingredients produced from non-food resources. Existing feed resources need to be used more efficiently, for example by genetic improvement of animals and optimal feed resource allocation across species.

Identifying and introducing novel feed resources to the market will improve Norway’s ability to produce more food with fewer imported resources. For example, the salmon industry is expected to expand from 1.2 million tons today to 5 million tons by 2050, and should rely less on imported feeds, and be more robust and sustainable with less impact on the environment.

These goals coincide with a worldwide need for an increase in food production by 2050, and according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization this must largely come from efficiency-enhancing technologies. Foods of Norway is concerned with developing such technologies, with knowledge transfer to the global feed and food industry.

Published 16. March 2015 - 15:14 - Updated 11. September 2015 - 10:10