The theme of this year’s Asia Nutrition Forum was ‘Driving the Asian Protein Economy,’ as a continuation of the theme from the 2016 edition of the World Nutrition Forum. As the world faces a projected population increase from today's 7.5 billion people to 9 billion people by 2050, the demand for food sources, especially protein, is on the rise. The highest growth in demand currently comes from Asia, which comprises a full 30% of the world's land area and 60% of the world's population. It is therefore imperative for the industry to stay informed of the latest technological advances, and to drive the production of quality, sustainable protein sources here in Asia, said Marc Guinnement, Managing Director of BIOMIN Asia Pacific.
A panel of esteemed speakers addressed the latest challenges in the animal health and nutrition arena in Asia, while offering a premier platform for the delegates to connect with peers, fostering partnerships and exchanging information, experiences and best practices. International speakers who presented at each stop were:
- Professor Theo A. Niewold, from the University of Leuven, Belgium, who delivered the keynote speech: Livestock rearing without antimicrobial growth promoters is perfectly possible using anti-inflammatory feed compounds and feeding strategies
- Emeritus Professor Robert F. Wideman, Jr., from the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science in University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR, USA, who spoke on probiotics as alternatives to antibiotics for treating lameness due to bacterial infections in broilers
- Daniel Petri, Global Product Manager Microbials from BIOMIN Holding, with an interesting presentation title “Health secrets of the gut” on the importance of maintaining gut health as the gut is the largest component of the immune system
At each stop, esteemed regional and local experts were also invited to speak on the trends and challenges face in the particular region. In addition, the Wuxi leg of the Asia Nutrition Forum coincided with the Grand Opening of the brand new Wuxi facility in China.
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