7 March 2024
With the aim of reducing environmental impacts while meeting increasing societal demands for safe, nutritious, and affordable meat and dairy products, new PATHWAYS are being forged to identify and increase sustainable practices along the supply and production chains of the European livestock sector.
|9:15 – 9:30
|9:30 – 11:30
Less is More: Food Sufficiency and Climate Resilience in Europe
Given the ongoing Animal Welfare legislation (transportation questions) + Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) (postponed past 2024 elections), let’s de-polarize the debate around food and agriculture: what is at stake, how to get industry leaders to implement greater sustainability measures, how to move towards less is more models of production, and address the challenges of implementing the EU Farm2Fork Strategy across Europe.
|11:30 – 12:00
|12:00 – 13:00
PATHWAYS: From Practice Hubs to Living Labs
15 Practice Hubs x 2-minute pitches + public audience voting.
Moderated by Stuart Reigeluth, founder at REVOLVE
|13:00 – 14:00
|Buffet Lunch & Photo Exhibition of Practice Hubs
|14:00 – 16:00
Building Sustainable Farming Scenarios
With a focus on developing a multi-dimensional approach for 4 main thematic storylines to emerge and give direction for identifying and implementing more sustainable practices within food systems in Europe.
Presented by Pierre-Marie Aubert, Directeur, Politiques Agricoles et Alimentaires, IDDRI.
Format: Presentation panel + 4 Break-out room including participants from institutions, industry, academia, media, and youth.
Storyline Groups to join:
This scenario focuses on improving the efficiency of feed given to animals per unit of product. The idea is to minimise resource input, while maximising the output, that is animal product.
This approach places farmers, rural life, and their livestock at the centre of the livestock sector’s development. The aim is to improve the quality of life in rural areas by revitalising and optimising the potential of agriculture.
This scenario advocates for minimising the use of food resources for animal feed. The focus is on optimising food production for human consumption by avoiding the conversion of human-edible crops into animal feed thereby reducing the impact of livestock on food systems.
High Animal Welfare
This scenario prioritises the well-being of animals by allowing them to exercise their agency and give them the opportunity to make choices in their environment. It emphasises ethical treatment and humane conditions for livestock.
|16:00 – 17:00
Closing Panel: Rapporteur Highlights + Concluding Remarks by Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, DG AGRI (To be confirmed)