Position Statements

  • Food as a basic human right

    We believe all people are born with two rights: the right to a hopeful future and the right to be fed.

    We believe:

    • Food is a basic human right
    • Choice is a consumer right
    • Sustainability is environmentally right
  • World hunger

    Food insecurity continues to threaten about 1 billion people worldwide.1 In the developing world, hunger may well be the No. 1 health problem. And the number of malnourished could grow staggeringly as the population climbs toward 9 billion by 2050. Even in developed nations like the United States, there’s a growing phenomenon called 'hidden hunger,' random bouts of food insecurity when consumers don’t know when or where they’ll have their next meal.

    1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2009. “More people than ever are victims of hunger.” Accessed 8/10/11. www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/newsroom/docs/press%20release%20june-en.pdf.

  • The use of technology in food production

    The use of technology can help to ensure a supply of safe, affordable and abundant food. By 2050, the world population will require 100% more food.2,3 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization expects about:

    • 10% of the additional food to come from increased cropping intensity4
    • 20% of the additional food to come from additional farmland4
    • 70% of the additional food to come from technology that improves efficiency

    Technology involves practices (doing something better), products (using new innovative tools) and genetics (enhancing desired traits in plants and animals). In food production, technology drives efficiency, and efficiency makes food more abundant and more affordable. Technology can help to reduce or eliminate hunger while maximizing food choices for consumers. As a company and as individuals, we feel an obligation to meet this need.

    2. Green, R. et al. January 2005. “Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature.” Science 307.5709: 550-555.
    3. Tilman, D. et al. August 2002. “Agriculture sustainability and intensive production practices.” Nature 418.6898: 671-677.
    4. 2002. “World Agriculture: toward 2015/2030.” United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome. Accessed Aug. 8/10/11. ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/004/y3557e/y3557e.pdf.

  • Consumer acceptance of technology in food

    Consumer research shows 95 percent of consumers are neutral about or supportive of using technology to produce food. In fact, a review of 28 studies in 26 countries representing nearly 100,000 consumers found most consumers make purchases based on taste, cost and nutrition. The study found another 4% of consumers purchase foods based largely on lifestyle factors (ethnicity, vegetarianism, support for local/organic suppliers, etc.). Only a small fringe oppose technology and want to impose restrictions on production practices.

  • Consumers and freedom of choice

    Consumers should be free to choose from a variety of safe, wholesome and affordable foods for themselves and their families. Consumers should have the right to buy affordable and nutritious food produced with efficiency-enhancing technologies. When household income increases, consumers tend to add more variety to their diets—especially protein sources. They should have the right to buy food based on factors such as taste, cost or nutrition. And they should have the right to buy organic food, gourmet food or “local” food, if that is their preference. Nobody should restrict a consumer’s right to choose.

  • The use of antibiotics in food animal production

    Elanco supports the responsible use of antibiotics in animals intended for human consumption. Elanco supports risk assessments—especially for antibiotics deemed critical for human and animal use—so that prudent use in animals will minimize any potential impact on human health. Elanco further supports the adoption of global trade standards and guidelines, including internationally established maximum residue levels for all products.

    Elanco's 8-Point Antibiotic Stewardship Plan

  • Sustainability


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Elanco Animal Health
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Julie Lawless, Sr. Director
Corporate Affairs

(615) 585-5861

Keri McGrath Happe, Manager
Global External Communications

(317) 277-3768

Karin Gerbens, Manager
EMEA Communications

(+32) 476 97 84 67

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