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Promoting a sustainable livestock sector in Europe

Why we promote a sustainable livestock sector

A sustainable and competitive livestock sector is important to Europe; today and in the future. Research and innovation have been key in the sectors success and will remain essential to ensure its contribution to a sustainable Europe.

Animal products form a great source of protein that are essential in a healthy and balanced diet. Because of a growing population and increasing prosperity, demand for these animal products will double in the next decades. Producing safe and sufficient food for Europe is a main concern, as is doing it in an efficient and more sustainable way.

Europe has always been a world class producer of animal products. Our knowledge and expertise are valued all over the world. With an annual turnover of €130 billion, leading up to 5,2% of EU employment in 2007, the livestock sector forms an important part of Europe’s economy. To stay competitive, we need to stay ahead.

Research and innovation in the livestock sector are crucial to bring this about. Innovations have already made the European livestock sector more productive and sustainable at the same time: while production rose, environmental pressure has been reduced by 40% since 1970.*

It is our challenge to find solutions for further development, that are resource efficient, diminish or eliminate environmental pressure, are adaptable to climate change, are beneficial for animal health and welfare, contribute to the bioeconomy, and that meet the needs of European citizens, both today and in the future.

Read more about our mission and vision, strategy and goals.

*Blonk Consultants, 2012

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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