Abstract: 

It is estimated that the global population will surpass 9 billion by 2050 and the middle class will increase by 3 billion people. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that this will lead to a 60% increase in demand for high quality protein such as milk, meat and eggs. Ensuring food security by meeting current and forecasted demand is a challenge, especially given the need to do so in a sustainable way. We are already overusing the earth’s resources, and the impact of agriculture on climate change needs to be reduced.

Europe has an important role to play in addressing this challenge, both in providing enough animal-sourced food and also in showcasing sustainable livestock models which maintain or increase productivity, and enhance the overall competitiveness of the EU agri-food sector.

This conference aims to bring forward ideas and foster a discussion on policies that will enable a sustainable approach to agricultural production in Europe, with a specific focus on livestock.

 

Financial and organizational support for the preparation of this conference was provided by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company.