11th ATF seminar (morning)
One of the controversial aspects of livestock production is the resource competition for feed and food production that requires a disruptive shift in resourcing animal feeding and in European agriculture. Only 20-25% of annually produced terrestrial agricultural biomass (crops and grasslands) is edible as human food. Thus, animals are very useful to convert the remaining 75% into edible food and manure that is a source of nutrients and carbon for plants and soils. This is basically a virtuous circle. However, in response to increased market demand and economic pressure, some agricultural systems and territories have become increasingly specialized. At the same time, productivity in the agricultural sector has largely increased and mixed farming systems integrating crop and livestock production have strongly declined in many countries or regions. Modern agriculture has developed with livestock and crop production becoming more intensive, and at some places more specialised and spatially separated which has resulted in an imbalance in nutrient flows with negative impact on the environment.
To achieve the conditions required to deliver sustainable farming systems, it is essential to develop science-based management strategies that reduce the current reliance on non-renewable resources and securing the production in an increasingly unpredictable climate. Such solutions focus on sustainable land use and the interconnection of arable and livestock systems as part of a circular and sustainable bio-economy at different scales.
The ATF seminar would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. It is a follow up of the one-day symposium of the ATF & Livestock Farming Systems Study Commission, EAAP Annual Meeting in Davos on August 30th, 2021. It will be followed, in the afternoon, by a ATF-FEFAC stakeholders and dissemination event with some Horizon 2020 projects around the topic.
Programme available on ATF website.
ATF-FEFAC-Horizon 2020 projects Stakeholder event (afternoon)
Aims of the ATF-FEFAC-Horizon 2020 projects Stakeholder event:
- Disseminate project results, targeted to stakeholders;
- Engage a dialogue with various stakeholders;
- Address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector;
- Provide input to European research and innovation agendas and to public policies to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider of safe and healthy animal-derived products;
- Support knowledge development and innovation;
- Foster ownership by farmers and industries.
Programme available online.
11th ATF seminar & ATF-FEFAC-Horizon 2020 projects Stakeholder event
Thursday 18 November 2021
Rue d'Egmont 11 - 1000 Brussels (Metro Trône or Porte de Namur)
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Morning (09.00-13.00) : 11th ATF seminar
Afternoon (14.00-16.00): ATF-FEFAC-Horizon 2020 projects stakeholder event
New ! Remote participation possible
Both events are free!