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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

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Animal Production,
the Key in a European Sustainable
Circular Bioeconomy

Animal Task Force 6th Seminar
Wednesday 16th Nov. 2016 09:00h - 17:00h
FLAGEY - Place Sainte Croix - 1050 Brussels (Ixelles) - Studio 5

With an increasing global population and consequently, food demand, the livestock sector is a key actor to address the challenge of global food and nutrition security. Animal productions can contribute efficiently to the European Bioeconomy for a sustainable food-chain, providing multiple benefits. Still, the sector is strongly questioned for its environmental impacts, inefficient use of resources, animal health and welfare and supposedly human health issues linked to the consumption of animal products.

Since January 2016 and at ATF-EAAP Special session, on Aug. 29th, 2016, in Belfast, the Animal Task Force has engaged a dialogue between research, farmers, industry, decision makers and european stakeholders. The aim is to provide input for public policies on the role of livestock in realising a Sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe, and to share on avenues for improvement and research needs.

During the ATF seminar, policy-makers, sector representatives, politicians, NGOs, researchers and industry experts are invited to join the discussion.
The Animal Task Force (ATF) promotes a sustainable and competitive animal production in Europe. We are a public private partnership of experts from knowledge institutes and industry representative organisations from across Europe. We work on fostering knowledge development & innovation in the whole animal production chain.

Click here to see the programme (PDF)

Final detailed report here.

Please, find below the presentations of the 6th seminar of ATF:

Introduction - Jean-Louis Peyraud, ATF President

Session 1: Animal productions and the European Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy

Panel discussion 1, moderated by Martin Scholten, WUR

Session 2: Animal production contributing to a more efficient agriculture and to the provision of safe and various by-products

News Headlines

2017 ATF events - 08 June 2017
ATF-EAAP Special Session
28 August 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

ATF annual Seminar
26 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium


2nd White Paper of ATF - 06 February 2017
2016 was an important year for the European Horizon2020 research agenda setting. The ATF has worked all year long on a Second White Paper (2016) of suggested priorities for research and innovation for the Horizon2020 2018-2020 Work Programme.
Today, we are pleased to announce that the Second White Paper is now available.
This update of the First White Paper (2013) and Addendum (2014) was prepared by the Animal Task Force Presidency and members. It was largely inspired by a dialogue with key stakeholders and institutions in Europe and through the participation of various events related to the European research and innovation agenda and policy setting, to provide a consulted contribution from the animal production sector to the agenda setting for research and innovation.

2nd White Paper
Appendix 2 of the 2nd White Paper


Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock. - 30 June 2017

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less?
Official website 

Environmental sustainability of livestock production - 14 February 2016

Following the first debate entitled “Environmental sustainability of livestock production” organised by ELANCO, EU40 presented “Sustainable EU Livestock Actions Towards an Innovative, Climate", at the European Parliament, Brussels, 27 April 2016. We are pleased to share the ppts and videos of the event, below:


Videos: Overview of the session:

Interview with the ATF President Mr. Jean Louis Peyraud:

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WAFL2017 - 21 November 2016
7th International Conference
on the Assessment of Animal Welfare
at Farm and Group Level

5-8 September 2017

Wageningen, The Netherlands

Official website here