Elanco Animal Health talks innovative solutions to feeding a 9 billion person world at Alberta Beef Industry Conference

BANFF, AB, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - With an estimated increase to 9 billion people by 2050, global leaders will need to look at technology as a long-term solution to global food accessibility according to Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco Animal Health.

Simmons spoke today in front of approximately 500 guests at the Alberta Beef Industry Conference about making safe, affordable and abundant animal protein a global reality.

"The rising demand for dairy and meat is growing faster than our ability to efficiently produce it," says Simmons. "By 2050, the world's population will require 70 per cent more food and 70 per cent of that food must come from efficiency-improving technology."

Approximately three billion people are moving to the middle class in emerging economies, driving the demand for protein sources to an unprecedented level. Food is seen as a key precursor to education in these developing countries.

"Innovative technology is the key to keeping animals healthy while preventing and controlling diseases," says Simmons. "At Elanco, we believe if you improve animal health, then we can meet the unmet nutrition needs of today and tomorrow."

Simmons recommended building a proactive platform to discuss how to care for livestock and encouraged Alberta beef producers to engage and be a part of the dialogue on Twitter. Follow @JeffSimmons2050 or @Elanco.

About Elanco

Elanco is a global innovation-driven company that develops and markets products to improve animal health and food animal production in more than 75 countries. Elanco employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, with offices in more than 40 countries, and is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a leading global pharmaceutical corporation. Additional information about Elanco is available at www.elanco.com.

SOURCE: Elanco Animal Health

For further information:

Alison West
Elanco Animal Health
226-979-0173
west_alison@elanco.com