In this context, the first speaker of the seminar, Dr. Ir. Marinus van Krimpen (Researcher in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen University & Research) described the opportunities of seaweeds in animal production by considering this resource to be one of the main key players to feed the world in the near future.
“There are many challenges that the feed industry will have to face in the coming years. First of all, we have to find a resource of high efficiency in order to feed the global population by 2050, since it is going to sharply increase. Secondly, we should focus on improving the health of animals and human beings. And thirdly, we should make sure that we develop responsible farming systems”, the expert said.
Precisely, according to Dr. Van Krimpen, algae are to be of utmost importance when it comes to these matters, due to the high protein demand that is to be expected:
“Soon there will be a need for new protein sources. How can we fulfil this demand? We have to increase protein yield per hectare of current crops and to improve animal protein efficiency. But also we have to focus on new proteins with high yields/ha and the advantage of seaweed is that there is no competition with arable land such as seaweeds or leaf proteins”.
Dr. Ir. Marinus van Krimpen.