Reusing what you already have


Keeping nutrients in the food chain


Encourage the use of novel feed


Upgrading food leftlovers to valuable feed ingredients

Welcome to SAN, the digital platform focused on studies and researches on Sustainable Animal Nutrition (SAN).

Here you can find the main projects developed by an international research team aimed at identifying alternative forms for animal nutrition, which can have less impact on the environment and promote the well-being of animals and men who eat.

The concept of sustainability in animal nutrition is meant to reduce both feed and food wastes. Livestock production systems have received growing attention in recent years since they have clearly been identified as a deep environmental impact factor. Moreover, cost of animal feed represents up to 85% of the farm gate value of several farm animals. From this perspective, sustainability in livestock productivity cannot be achieved without using sustainable animal diets

In fact, livestock systems today and in the future have to take into account not only economic development, feed security and safety, but also politically-sensitive issues such as animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Accordingly, the main aim of the project is to develop a “sustainable animal nutrition” concept.







Sustainable Animal Nutrition Conference 2022: some highlights

On 6th of December took place the customary appointment with the International Conference “Sustainable Animal Nutrition”, promoted by our research group. This is part of the wider project titled SAN that has been enduring for several years. We hosted scholars from...

Food supplements aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions

During the last “Sustainable Animal Nutrition” seminar on 6th of December 2022, it was discussed a paper concerned the use of food supplements aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (especially methane) deriving from the enteric fermentation exerted by ruminants....

Determination of antibiotics in feed at cross-contamination levels

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to become increasingly resistant to an antimicrobial to which they were previously sensitive, a consequence of natural selection that is exacerbated by human factors such as the inappropriate use of...

Oilseed by-products in animal feeding

Due to the increasing demand for alternative feed ingredients, the utilization of oilseed by-products in animal nutrition has been sought as a promising solution to ensure cheap and environmentally sustainable feedstuffs. Oilseed cakes and meals remain in huge amounts...

Potentialities of the introduction of FFPs into lactating sow’s diet

Have you ever heard about former foodstuff products (FFPs)? The FFPs could be potential feed ingredients for pigs to mitigate the worldwide pressure of food-feed competition while reaching the nutritional requirements of the animals. The global population growth and...

SAN PROJECT: one year of activities, challenges and outcomes

The project Sustainable Animal Nutrition (SAN) continued activities regarding the investigation of alternative proteins and energy sources for animal diets, increasingly used as replacers for conventional feedstuffs. Following the principles of the circular way for...

Luciano Pinotti named president fo EEAP – Nutrition Study Commission

The European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) is one of the most important international organizations that aims at promoting research, discussion, debate on livestock production. The main goal is to contribute on the dissemination of high quality and relevant...

Former Food Products (FFPs) in the food-chain as Animals’ feed

Despite the huge need for natural resources to feed a growing population, the waste of food is still considerable. In this context, a proper animal nutrition strategy could be a useful tool to reduce food losses, indeed food industry leftovers re-used as alternative...

Ruminats and sustainable nutrition: tannin molecules impacts on methane emissions

Climate change poses numerous challenges for the world, such as the sustainable use of natural resources and the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions. In this context, the livestock sector must face the high global demand for animal-source products by increasing...

Integrated Mycotoxin Management System in the Feed Supply Chain: Innovative Approaches, published in PIG PROGRESS

Mycotoxins are chemical and biological hazards to feed/food safety and animal health. Surveys havebeen performed to assess the worldwide incidence of mycotoxin contamination in feed and raw feed materials, mainly grains and grain co-products. Worldwide, the incidence...


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