When Render came to be 40 years ago, its primary focus was on the rendering industry in the western United States. As the years went on, the magazine expanded its coverage and distribution to cover the national industry and the affiliated livestock and industrial sectors.

During the past 40 years, global matters have been featured sporadically, whether it was a new rendering plant being built in Spain, advanced technology in New Zealand, or an animal disease outbreak across the Atlantic.

It’s only been in the last 10 years, after the formation of the World Renderers Organization, that world trade and markets have been given more attention not only in the pages of Render, but by the magazine’s staff and budget. This isn’t by coincidence, or because the editor enjoys traveling to faraway places like France and Australia (well, okay, it doesn’t hurt). Like it or not, ready or not, we live in a global world and rendering is now a global industry.

This was evident as early as the 1980s when the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) situation erupted in the United Kingdom. Many around the world didn’t think the catastrophe faced on that island nation could possibly affect the rest of the world, but, alas, it has. Rendering, as we knew it before the discovery of BSE, is no more. And exports and global trade as we knew it back then is also no more. That is why, as a global industry, renderers need to come together now more than ever in the form of association membership, especially in those organizations that work hard at ensuring global markets are open for free trade of rendered products.

Being involved in these types of organizations, both actively and financially, allows a strengths-in-numbers contribution to the battle of educating government regulators that close borders to otherwise wholesome, nutritious, and cost-effective animal proteins and fats. It comes back to that supposed African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it takes an industry to raise awareness, and taking an active role now will help create a smoother ride into the future.

Rendertorial – June 2011 RENDER | back