CANADA - An animal science professor with the University of Guelph says, as a result of Canada's growing reliance on agriculture as an economic driver, the future for animal science looks bright, writes Bruce Cochrane.
A Bright Future for Animal Science: Perspective from an Animal Nutritionist will be the focus of the 2015 Annual TK Cheung Lecture in Animal Science at the University of Manitoba.
Dr Kees de Lange a professor of swine nutrition with the University of Guelph and research program director for animal production systems, says looking ahead at the role of animal science in the future, the future looks bright.
Dr Kees de Lange-University of Guelph:
A key not only for swine but across all animal species is that it is globally recognized that we need to produce about 50 percent more animal protein by the year 2050, and it has been recognized by the United Nations and they have also challenged Canada to be one of those countries to fulfill this increasing need for animal protein.
I also think that our own federal government and some of the provincial governments recognize more and more the importance of agriculture.
We know the problems we have with the energy industries and the ups and downs that we have had in some of the assembly industries and agriculture, and food is really one of the main economic drivers in Canada and that has to be increasingly recognized.
As researchers, as scientists I think it is a great opportunity to work together with other disciplines.
I think about people working in health as well as nutrition and I'm even thinking about engineering when we're talking about building new animal management facilities and monitoring facilities and the data interpretation, I really think that the future is very bright because of those new tools and because of opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines as well.
The 2015 Annual TK Cheung Lecture is scheduled to run tomorrow from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm in room 219 of the Animal Science Building at the University of Manitoba.
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