Building on a decade of success since 2004 in Salzburg, the 2016 World Nutrition Forum will bring the expertise of BIOMIN and experts from across the world to the Western hemisphere in order to address some of the most important issues facing the industry.
These invitation-only biennial summits are consistently well rated by attendees. Each iteration draws upon the uniqueness of the location, speakers and participants while maintaining the highest quality standards for both content and organization. This held true for Salzburg, Vienna, Mayrhofen, Salzburg, Singapore and Munich.
The idea of sharing our knowledge with our customers, discussing current and future challenges in the food and feed industry and presenting solutions has made the World Nutrition Forum a key event in the industry calendar.
Through the World Nutrition Forum, we have cultivated strong relationships with our customers, better understood their needs and improved our ability to offer them innovative products and services. A modern city on the edge of a spectacular natural playground, Vancouver has built a reputation as a premier destination for meetings and conventions. Easy access, first-class waterfront hotels, exceptional cuisine and the award-winning, state-of-the-art Vancouver Convention Centre featuring the latest environmentally sustainable features and technology are just a few of many attributes that will make the 2016 World Nutrition Forum experience in Vancouver unforgettable for everyone.
Throughout the history of human civilization, animal protein has played an important role in nutrition, trade and wealth. Our ‘innate hunger’ for animal protein dates back to the time of hunter-gatherers. The practice of animal husbandry marked a significant shift for society from the hunter-gatherer model to an agrarian one. Cities and megacities sprung from prolonged settlement. Livestock have served as both an object of barter or exchange and as a store of value for thousands of years—fulfilling a key economic function long before the adoption of currency or the invention of banks.
The modern livestock industry continues to play a prominent role in human enterprise. Geographically, it spans roughly one-third of the planet’s ice-free terrestrial surface. Structurally, it is organized into long market chains that employ more than 1.3 billion people worldwide. Nutritionally, livestock products contribute nearly one out of every five calories consumed by people and offer all the essential amino acids our bodies require.
As the global population reaches nine billion by 2050 and hundreds of millions of people are lifted by economic development into the burgeoning middle class with more disposable income, meat consumption is expected to increase by 70 %. The elements underpinning this incredible growth are not limited to our appetites and purchasing power.
Scientific advances relating to agriculture and livestock rearing and the use of natural resources and market forces will matter a great deal. Trends ranging from consumer preference to technology promise to constantly redefine the industry. The 2016 World Nutrition Forum offers top industry professionals the opportunity to ‘look under the hood’ to explore the factors driving the protein economy, its trajectory and future. In addition, species-specific breakout sessions will provide a platform to delve further into topics concerning poultry, swine, ruminants, and aquaculture production.