food animal health, welfare & sustainability
Finding New Answers for Global Food Security
Our agriculture division—Acceligen—is a leader in precision breeding, a proven technology that addresses long-standing challenges in animal health and wellbeing. Our team is working with animal breeders worldwide to help them better produce safe, abundant food by raising healthier animals in a more sustainable manner.
We’re part of a team of experts pursuing solutions to global food security, an urgent issue as populations rise, cropland shrinks, and the climate changes.
FACING THE FACTS
focusing our work
To combat those realities, Acceligen is focused on…
Good Food Starts with Healthy Animals
For thousands of years, animals have been cared for and bred with the intent to pass along the best qualities to their offspring. Each generation of animal breeders leverages new knowledge and technologies to constantly improve this process of selection.
Today, we are taking the next step in this continuum through “precision breeding.” Precision breeding combines the best knowledge of genetics with the capability to precisely deliver critical traits to animals to match their production environment, thus dramatically speeding up genetic improvement of animals used for food. The results are impactful, ranging from large genetic companies to small holders.
Our results are healthier animals adapted to local disease and climates, with measurable improvement in animal well-being and sustainable animal protein production.
putting expertise to work
Solving Big Challenges in Agriculture and Aquaculture
Acceligen team members, many with family farm experience in animal husbandry, are world-renowned experts in animal breeding and molecular genetics.
Our scientists have discovered native traits in cattle, swine, fish and other animals that are crucial to fighting diseases, improving productivity, and eliminating outdated management practices that decrease animal well-being. Acceligen traits and technologies result in in healthier, more humanely-raised animals using less natural resources to meet the worlds’ protein demands.