Feed vs Food Competition

Going beyond the Feed vs Food competition: crops and animals together to address food and nutrition security
TOPIC 2021
 
One of the controversial aspects of livestock production is the resource competition for feed and food production that requires a disruptive shift in resourcing animal feeding and in European agriculture. Only 20-25% of annually produced terrestrial agricultural biomass (crops and grasslands) is edible as human food. Thus, animals are very useful to convert the remaining 75% into edible food and manure that is a source of nutrients and carbon for plants and soils. This is basically a virtuous circle. However, in response to increased market demand and economic pressure, some agricultural systems and territories have become increasingly specialized. At the same time, productivity in the agricultural sector has largely increased and mixed farming systems integrating crop and livestock production have strongly declined in many countries or regions. Modern agriculture has developed with livestock and crop production becoming more intensive, and at some places more specialised and spatially separated which has resulted in an imbalance in nutrient flows with negative impact on the environment.
To achieve the conditions required to deliver sustainable farming systems, it is essential to develop science-based management strategies that reduce the current reliance on non-renewable resources and securing the production in an increasingly unpredictable climate. Such solutions focus on sustainable land use and the interconnection of arable and livestock systems as part of a circular and sustainable bio-economy at different scales.
 
2 events will be organised in 2021 to discuss this topic:
  • the ATF-EAAP LFS Commission one-day symposium (30 August 2021, Davos, Switzerland)
  • the 11th ATF seminar (18 November 2021 - morning, Brussels, Belgium & remotely)
  • ATF-FEFAC-H2020 projects stakeholder event (18 November 2021 - afternoon, Brussels, Belgium & remotely)
 
Both events aim to contribute to:
  • Engage a dialogue with various stakeholders;
  • Address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector;
  • Provide input to European research and innovation agendas and to public policies to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider of safe and healthy animal-derived products;
  • Support knowledge development and innovation;
  • Foster ownership by farmers and industries.

        

One-day symposium - EAAP 2021: Mixed crop/livestock systems - do they deliver more resilient food systems?
In 2021, the EAAP Livestock Farming Systems Study Commission and the ATF Special Session have joined into a one-day symposium.
 
Format of the symposium
The symposium would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy-makers and with the society. Most important findings will be discussed with a panel.
The outcomes of the session will be discussed with a large panel of European stakeholders during the ATF seminar, in Brussels, in November 2021.
 
Aim
This one-day symposium aims to contribute to:
  • Engage a dialogue with various stakeholders;
  • Address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector;
  • Provide input to European research and innovation agendas and to public policies to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider of safe and healthy animal-derived products;
  • Support knowledge development and innovation;
  • Foster ownership by farmers and industries.
 
Mixed crop/livestock systems – do they deliver more resilient food systems ?
EAAP session #07
8:55
 
 
Welcome & introduction
By Frank O'Mara, ATF President - @FrankOMara8, Isabel Casasús, EAAP President - @EAAPofficial, Tommy Boland, EAAP Commission on Livestock Farming Systems - @PallasTb
How to re-implement synergies between crops and livestock farming? A research and innovation perspective.
9:00
 
Outcomes from the ATF and Plants for the Future workshops and webinars (2018 to 2020)
By Amrit Nanda, Plants for the Future ETP - @Plant_ETP & Jean-Louis Peyraud, INRAE - @PeyraudJean
9:30
 
 
Development of plants with improved composition for animal nutrition, animal health and welfare and animal product quality – successes and opportunities
By Michael Lee, Harper Adams University - @HarperAdamsUni
Reducing the feed and food competition: perspectives and best practices
9:45
 
What can plant breeding do to better feed animals?
By Max Schulman, farmer - MTK - @max_schulman
10:00
 
Novel feed from crops and crop residues. Vision from the feeding industry
By Ruud Tijssens, Agrifirm Group - @RuudTijssens
10:15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Animal breeding towards the valuation of new feed
By Lisanne Verschuren, Topigs Norsvin - @TopigsNorsvin 

10:30
 
 
New Phenotypes for grass utilisation under grazing to improve grass breeding
By Tomás Tubritt, Teagasc - @teagasc 
 
10:45
 
Coffee break
 
11:15
 
Improving resilience of organic beef-sheep farming systems
By Claire Mosnier, INRAE - @UMR_Herbivores
11:30
 
Does integration promote sustainability in organic multi-species livestock farms
By Marc Benoit, INRAE - @MBenoitBZ
11:45
Questions & answers
12:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pulses and oilseed rape for food and feed
By Olaf Sass, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG

12:15
 

 

PANEL DISUSSION
with speakers and the audience
Moderated by Ana Sofia Santos, ATF Vice-President - @SofiaSantosAna & Tommy Boland, EAAP Commission on Livestock Farming Systems - @PallasTb
13:00
 
LUNCH BREAK
 
Going beyond the Feed vs Food competition: crops and animals together to address food and nutrition security
EAAP session #17
Novel concepts & methodologies to assess the role of livestock farming in sustainable food systems
14:30
 
Nutritional valorisation from plants to humans: towards One Nutrition?
By Ruud Tijssens, FEFAC - @FEFAC_EU
14:45
 
 
Adjusting feed efficiency methodologies considering the added value of animals to valorise inedible feed and biomass from marginal land
By Jean-Louis Peyraud, INRAE & GIS Avenir Elevages - @PeyraudJean & Anne Mottet, FAO - @Anne_Mottet
15:15
 
Evaluate the land-use efficiency of regional livestock systems from a food systems perspective
By Donagh Hennessy, Teagasc - @teagasc 
15:45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A partial Life Cycle Assessment of smallholder livestock systems in Western Kenya
By Phyllis Wanjugu Ndung'u, University of Pretoria - @UPTuks

Policy making, environmental, territorial and economic soundness, social acceptability of novel options for reconnecting crops and livestock sector.
16:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restoring or reinventing the virtuous cycle of crop-livestock integration?
By Shirley Tarawali, ILRI/GASL - @ILRI 

 
16:15
 
Coffee break
 
16:45
 
 
 
PANEL DISUSSION
with speakers and the audience
Moderated by Ana Sofia Santos, ATF Vice-President - @SofiaSantosAna & Michael Lee, chair of the EAAP Commission on Livestock Farming Systems - @EAAPofficial
17:45
 
Closing
By Frank O'Mara, ATF President - @FrankOMara8

        

ATF-EAAP Livestock Farming Systems Study Commission one-day symposium (Aug.2021)
 Title
Outcomes from the ATF and Plants for the Future workshops and webinars. By A. Nanda, Plants for the Future ETP & JL Peyraud, INRAE
Development of plants with improved composition for animal nutrition, product quality and environmental footprint. By M. Lee, Harper Adams University
What can plant breeding do to better feed animals? By M. Schulman, farmer - MTK (no presentation)
Novel feed crops and residual products: vision from the feeding industry. By R. Tijssens, Royal Agrifirm Group
Animal breeding towards the valuation of new feed. By L. Verschuren, Topigs Norsvin
New phenotypes for grass utilization and persistence under grazing to improve grass breeding. By T. Tubritt, Teagasc
Reducing the vulnerability of mixed cattle-sheep farms. By C. Mosnier, INRAE
Does integration promote sustainability in organic multi-species livestock farm? By M; Benoit, INRAE
Breeding of oilseed rape and pulses for feed and food. By O. Sass, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans Georg Lembke KG
Novel concepts and methodologies around the assessment of sustainability in livestock farming: One nutrition. By R. Tijssens, FEFAC
Adjusting feed efficiency methodologies... By A. Mottet, FAO & JL Peyraud, INRAE
Evaluate the land-use efficiency of regional livestock systems from a food systems perspective. By D. Hennessy, Teagasc
A partial Life Cycle Assessment of smallholder livestock systems in Western Kenya. By P.W. Ndung'u, University of Pretoria
Restoring or reinventing the virtuous cycle of croplivestock integration? By S. Tarawali, ILRI-GASL
ATF-LFS one-day symposium report
11th ATF Seminar
The ATF seminar would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. It is a follow up of the One-day Symposium of the ATF & Livestock Farming Systems Study Commission, EAAP Annual Meeting in Davos on August 30th, 2021. It was followed, in the afternoon, by a ATF-FEFAC stakeholders and dissemination event with some Horizon 2020 projects around the topic.
 
Aim
This seminar aims to contribute to:
  • Engage a dialogue with various stakeholders;
  • Address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector;
  • Provide input to European research and innovation agendas and to public policies to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider of safe and healthy animal-derived products;
  • Support knowledge development and innovation;
  • Foster ownership by farmers and industries.
 
Thursday 18 November 2021
Programme
 
9:00
 
Welcome & introduction
By Frank O'Mara, ATF President - @FrankOMara8
09:05
 
Summary of the outcomes of the ATF-EAAP LFS one-day Symposium
By Tommy Boland, University College Dublin & EAAP Commission on Livestock Farming Systems - @PallasTb
9:15
 
Public policies: vision from policy maker
By Wolfgang Burtscher, European Commission - DG Agri - @EU_Commission
9:30
 
How can EU livestock avoid soya feed? Vision from an NGO
By Alain Peeters, WWF-Belgium - @WWF_Belgique
Developing the use of by -products
9:45
 
Vision from feeding industry on the potentials from by-products in the EU in animal feed
Anton Van Den Brink, FEFAC - @FEFAC_EU & EFFPA - @EFFPA_EU
10:10
 
 
Farmers increasing forage in the diet instead of concentrates: example of grassfed products in areas of intensive use of concentrates
By Angus Nelless, farmer in the United Kingdom
10:25
 
 
Use of inedible feed in the pork industry, feed efficiency: sustainability metrics, calculating tools, including C footprint
By Sandrine Espagnol, IFIP - @IFIP_inst_porc
10:40
Break
Towards mixed crop production
11:00
 
Dual purpose crop production across a diversity of livestock systems in the EU
By Patrick Carré, Terres Inovia - @terresinovia
11:15
 
Governance: good examples of crop farmers and livestock farmers working together
By Tom Barry, Biogold Agri Ltd. & Signpost Programme - @TeagascSignpost
11:30

 

PANEL DISCUSSION
with speakers and the audience
and Marc Cornelissen, Plants for the Future ETP - @Plant_ETP
13:00
 
Closing
By Frank O'Mara, ATF President - @FrankOMara8

        

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