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One of the larger dilemmas faced by food producers — from farms to meat processors — is how to meet the nutritional protein needs of a growing global population while minimizing the impact of those activities on the fragile soil needed to sustain them.
Novozymes, a Danish biotech company that maps its research and development to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, is pitching one potential solution: a new enzyme that can be added to feed that helps animals absorb more nutrients from what they’re eating.
For now, the product, Balancius, is specifically intended for broiler chickens. It’s already available through more than 40 trials across North America and Latin America, and is licensed for use in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. The product itself is part of a feed additive being sold by Novozymes’ longtime business partner DSM, which often commercializes Novozymes’ innovations, said Susanne Palsten Buchardt, vice president of animal health and nutrition, commercial, at Novozymes.