Sustainability as the Foundation for the Future in Fats and Oils/Feeding the World
Hot Topic Symposium
Tuesday, May 5
Organizers: M.J. Boyer, PE, Agribusiness and Water Technology, Inc., USA; B. Yeh, SAIC, USA; and E. Dumelin, Industrial Oils, Switzerland.
Dealing with world hunger, feeding future generations, and the role of fats and oils in this equation, are some of the most critical issues facing society and its members at this time, as well as the rest of the scientific and engineering community. In addition, balancing food and energy has driven the availability of fats and oils down and the pricing up. All of these factors will be discussed by global experts on this subject. The AOCS Foundation believes that this issue is one of the most important challenges of our times and is lending its support to this Hot Topic session.
The Sustainable mission is to enhance worldwide resources that can be reached and impacted by AOCS, along with its members and programs. The commonly accepted definition of Sustainability is to conduct one’s business (programs, etc.) in a manner that allows future generations to do likewise. It is about green, environmental management and stewardship, and managing energy and other resources that are critical to the planet and its population.
AOCS, its corporate and individual members and associates, have the potential to make a great impact on worldwide sustainability. Some of the areas include:
1. Development of fats and oils and related food resources to help meet world food demands and eliminate hunger.
2. Renewable, sustainable energy in the form of biodiesel and related crop-derived fuels and energy sources.
3. Better management and utilization of oilseed and related crops.
4. Enhanced environmental programs in air, water, and solid waste areas as they relate to agribusiness and the processing of oilseeds.
5. Improved yields for feed components of oilseed processing for enhanced production of poultry and other users.
6. Improved development and uses of by-products.
This Hot Topic session will address many aspects of these considerations through a series of talks by recognized experts in the field. The program is summarized below. The program will be in two sessions with a break taken as part of the program. The first three speakers will address sustainability and related concepts in general and the next three speakers will speak to what is happening in this area for oilseeds, fats and oils, and products in their part of the world.
Worldwide Overview of Sustainability.
K. Strassner, Senior Vice President, Kimberly Clark, USA.
K. Strassner is in charge of worldwide energy, environmental, and sustainability issues. He has an undergraduate and law degree from Yale University, is one of the pioneers in the worldwide sustainability movement, and sits on numerous related boards and commissions in the industry.
Strassner will give an overview of the worldwide sustainability movement and programs, and offer some insights into its origins and where it might be headed in the future.
Overview of Unilever’s Sustainability Program.
G. van Duijn, Oil Supply Technology Director, Supply Chain Strategy and Technology Unit Foods, Unilever, The Netherlands.
G. van Duijn is currently responsible for the development of sustainable oils and fats sourcing. He has a Ph.D. in applied physics and has worked for Unilever since 1982 in several functions in the oils and fats supply chain.
He will provide an overview of the sustainabity program supported by Unilever, a worldwide manufacturer of oils-and-fats-containing consumer goods. He will focus on the programs for palm oil and seed oils.
European View of Sustainability.
C. Velzeboer, Manager of Environmental Affairs for Cargill–Europe, Cargill Europe, The Netherlands.
C. Velzeboer will provide an overview on what is happening in sustainability for oilseeds, fats and oils, and products in Europe.
Overview of Sustainability in Latin America.
M. Hernández, Executive Secretary, Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS), Brazil.
M. Hernández is an agricultural engineer, who graduated from El Zamorano in Honduras with A Masters Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Sustainable Development from INCAE Business School, in Costa Rica. He was the general coordinator of Ecomercados in Central America, a project financed by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO,) in which the main objective was to promote and enhance the market opportunities of the organic and fair trade products from small and medium producers. As Executive Secretary, he is responsible for the whole operation of the RTRS Secretariat, which is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hernandez will provide an overview on what is happening in sustainability oilseeds, fats and oils, and products in Latin America. He will also speak about the Responsible Soy Standard being developed by RTRS.
Overview of Sustainability in Southeast Asia.
T. Thiagarajan, Executive Director, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, USA.
T. Thiagarajan will provide an overview on what is happening in sustainability oilseeds, fats and oils, and products in Southeast Asia, with emphasis on palm oil.