Existing and new animal health products in Canada, and around the world, are critical tools enabling farmers to produce safe food more sustainably and at an affordable price. Meanwhile, there is a need for livestock production to reduce its environmental footprint while optimizing animal health and sanitation, disease detection, animal nutrition and animal welfare.
It is estimated that the world’s population will reach 9 billion by 2050 with a growing middle class around 3 billion, mostly living in urban centres. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts a 60% increase in demand for meat, milk and eggs by 2050. FAO reports that added farmland will help produce only 10 percent of the additional food needed by 2050. Based on this, the FAO concludes that 70 percent of the world’s additional food needs can only be produced with new and existing agricultural technologies.
Using animal health products as tools, Canadian farmers have improved animal productivity while lowering our environmental footprint.