European meat sector: What role for poultry meat in the F2F strategy?
Poultry is the most widely consumed meat in the world, and is enjoyed by many as part of a balanced diet. But the meat sector in general has come under intense scrutiny during the coronavirus crisis and has been a bone of contention throughout ongoing debates concerning the sustainability of the EU agricultural sector.
Speaking at the recent AGRIFISH Council meeting, EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski addressed the criticism of the livestock sector, saying that the EU must work to support alternative methods of livestock farming and look to support the farmers who voluntarily introduce high standards of animal welfare.
The recently released EU’s Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy softened its stance on meat compared to the previous draft versions but offered staunch support for alternative proteins and said it would work to encourage people to consume “less meat.”
The strategy also laid out a commitment to “help reduce the environmental and climate impact of animal production”.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the role of poultry in the future farm to fork strategy. Questions to be discussed include:
- How sustainable is the production of poultry meat, also compared to other meats and alternative meat proteins?
- Is the animal health and welfare of EU poultry adhering to the highest possible standards? What practices have lower impact on the environment and consumers' health?
- How can science and critical innovation ensure that European poultry meat remains safe, affordable and nutritious?
- How can the European meat poultry sector produce more from less?
- How will farm to fork standards affect imports from 3rd countries?
[The content of this event programme represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) do not accept any responsibility for any use that may be made of the information it contains.]
Sabine Juelicher, Director, Food and feed safety, innovation, DG SANTE, European Commission
Frederic Leroy, Professor, Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Jonty Whittleton, Global Head of Campaign Farming, World Animal Protection
Birthe Steenberg, Secretary General, Avec Poultry meat
Natasha Foote, Journalist, EURACTIV
13:00 – 13:10 Introduction and House rules
13:10 – 14:25 Moderated discussion and Q&A
14:25 – 14:30 Closing statements
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