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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

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How would you describe the livestock sector?
The livestock sector is a broad sector, that includes all economic activities around the production of animals and animal products. It includes all aspects of the livestock value chain.

How would you describe the livestock value- or supply chain?
The livestock value chain concerns the process ranging from feed production, animal breeding and reproduction, animal production systems, to processing and the final product. Many other aspects are involved in this process, such as food safety, animal health and welfare, environment, economic aspects, sustainability, techniques, ICT, animal housing systems, etc.


This simple cartoon gives an image of the various aspect within the livestock value- or supply chain.

What do you mean exactly by sustainable development?
Sustainability and sustainable development is used in different contexts and therefor has gotten a wide range of interpretations. In general the term is described as a balance between the three P's: People, Profit and Planet, referring to a balance between respectively social aspects, economic aspects and environmental aspects.

We use the following definition that is formulated by the World Commission on Environment and Development of the United Nations in their report Our Common Future.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

What are European Technology Platforms (ETPs)?
In a European Technology Platform (ETP), companies and research institutions together develop a strategic research agenda for a specific technology area. The industry generally takes the initiative. Participants in the ETPs therewith influences the European R & D agenda. Furthermore, participation often offers excellent opportunities for international relationships.

There are currently 3 ETPs represented in the ATF.

Who are your stakeholders?
We intent to cooperate with all parties involved in the European livestock sector, industry - multinationals as well as SMEs -, industry representative bodies, universities and research institutes, non-governmental organisations, European research bodies, regional and national governments, policymakers and politicians.

What's the difference between feed and food?
By food, we mean the common food we, people, eat. Feed on the other hand, is the food given to animals that are used in animal production systems.

Are you a lobby organisation?
Yes, we lobby for the European livestock sector. While doing this, we follow the official EU Code of Conduct.





News Headlines

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