It comes as no surprise that the world is being transformed by demographic megatrends underpinned by a growing global population and a rising middle class in emerging economies. Securing sustainable food supply is one of the greatest challenges of our times. This is why the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include sustainable agriculture and food security.
The agrochemical industry has a pivotal role in finding and implementing solutions. This includes developing new pest-resistant and drought-resistant crops which necessitate the creation of novel compounds and technologies to nurture plants, thereby forming the foundation of global food supply.
Another aspect is meat production through effective and sustainable animal feed. Despite the fact that the population has to rely heavily on farmers for food security, these farmers face the situation of a growing number of food safety regulations and continuously more demanding food quality standards. For example, the European Union banned the use of antibiotic growth promoters in 2006.
The restrictions on antibiotics in feed additives means that farming practices must adapt to new practices focusing on the health and well-being of animals.