Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock

Introduction

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? In the light of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, the need to find ways for a sustainable livestock approach in today’s EU agricultural sector has proven to be more timely and relevant than ever.

In order to tackle this urgent question EU40 organised a trilogy of debates in 2016 entitled “Sustainable EU Livestock: Actions towards an Innovative, Climate-Smart and Competitive Future”. The debates (Environmental Sustainability of Livestock Production, Economic and Social Pillars of Sustainable Livestock Production, and Sustainable EU Livestock: The Way Forward) were hosted by Read more:

IFAH Europe Perspectives – Newsletter issue 42 – April-July 2017

In this issue:
One Health: more than a buzzword? – Register now for IFAH Europe conference
Animal health sector: our vital role in Brexit negotiations
More action on AMR
The latest from DISCONTOOLS
Promoting science to support innovation in the food chain
Join our celebration! – 30 years representing animal health in Brussels
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Reaction of Fertilizers Europe after the votes on the Fertilizer Regulation in the Agriculture and Environment Committees of the European parliament

Brussels, 30 May 2017

One step forward, two steps back

The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, under the lead of its Rapporteur Mr. Jan Huitema (ALDE, the Netherlands), today acknowledged the need for the New Fertilizer Regulation to maintain Fertilizers as quality products. Fertilizers Europe very much welcomes the modifications adopted by a vast majority of the Agriculture Committee, like for instance the introduction of a clear definition for mineral fertilizers or the creation of requirements ensuring effective functioning and quality … Read more

Climate Change – From an Integrated Farm Management perspective

24 May, 2017

EISA Policy Officer Martijn Buijsse gave a keynote speech at the Macsur conference on “Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security” in Berlin today and highlighted the role that agricultural policy can play to contribute to the Paris Agreement and to UN Sustainable Development Goals through encouraging the uptake of Integrated Farm Management. Access full presentation here:

Valuable Resource for Modernising and Simplifying the CAP: EISA Farmers’ Network

May 3rd, 2017
During the last meeting of the Civial Dialogue Group (CDG) on CAP, EISA Policy Officer Martijn Buijsse renewed EISA’s offer to provide deep insights into sustainable agriculture in practice via the EISA Farmers’ Network. “I want to invite you to come to these farmers via the network that we have in place. This network covers 7 EU countries. We can help you to visit farmers and facilitate the debate on policies which aim at reducing CO2 emissions and monitoring the results.” Read full statement here:

Proposed merger between LEAF and FACE announced

A proposed merger between two of the UK’s leading farming and food educational organisations, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and FACE (Farming & Countryside Education), has been announced.  The vision for the proposed merger is to increase the impact and capability of the two charities’ work in improving education and understanding of farming, food and the environment. Read more …

EISA’s proposal towards the future CAP

In order to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in line with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, and the conclusions of the Cork 2.0 declaration, introducing Integrated Farm Management (IFM) into the CAP as a part of the rural development programme offers win-win solutions. IFM delivers value in agriculture, enriches the environment and engages local communities. Farmers implementing IFM deliver measurable agro-ecological and societal services with regard to soil, water, biodiversity, animal health and welfare, and climate change while ensuring economic viability.

EISA proposes to political decision makers that the EU formally recognises farming businesses adopting IFM practices, specifically for their proven commitment to more sustainable farming practices … Read full position paper