It is widely agreed that, while industrial agriculture has proven highly productive, it has simultaneously generated environmental and social impacts of global concern. The expansion of cost leadership and the focus on efficiency in European animal husbandry and agriculture, which has been pursued since the 1960s, has led to a strong intensification of agriculture and thus to low meat prices that are competitive on the world market and to a high level of food security and safety.

Hoever, today, the successful model reaches its limits, limits to growth: many regions with intensive agriculture face ecological challenges, which are mainly characterized by high nutrient surpluses and the resulting nitrate pollution of waters bodies, greenhouse gas emissions and reduced biodiversity. In addition, there are increasing ethical issues related to animal husbandry and traditional housing systems, as well as changing lifestyles and new consumer demands of the generation2000+. Besides, opportunities from digital technologies and from novel feed and food approaches are challenging the traditional food system and have built up preasure to transform the agri-food system.

Strategic Conference on AgriSystem-Transformation

In this context, the development and implementation of Sustainability concepts for future food systems belong to the main tasks for European agriculture. It is necessary to build suitable transformation corridors and perspectives that enable agricultural farms and related enterprises to prepare sound solutions for successful business models. Success will be measured in three dimensions of sustainability: environment, economy and society - on farm, regional, national, EU and global scale.

Against this background the Center for Transforamtion Research in Areas of Intensive Agriculture organises a strategic conference on AgriSystem-Transformation in Brussels togejhter with the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Lower Saxony. This conference aims to form a new consortium to encounter the challenges of the agriFood sector in a collaborative manner. For this purpose, the organisers intend to pool together expertise from different regions of intensive agriculture in Europe with the objective to increase international collaboration between research groups in the area of sustainable animal and crop production and to build a consortium of researchers and practitioners that participate within the new framework Horizon Europe.

This first networking event aims to discuss current challenges of regions with intensive agriculture, their consequences and possible solutions that foster transformation towards sustainable agriculture. In addition, we intend promoting research on sustainable animal production, crossing boundaries of countries and regions within and outside the EU.

Conference Details

  • Date: November 6, 2019
  • Venue: Representation of Lower Saxony to the European Union, Bruxelles (for details see below)
  • Hosts: Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Lower Saxony and the Center for Transformation Research in Areas of Intensive Agriculture in Lower Saxony
  • Participants: By invitation only.
  • Conference language: English –  simultaneous translation German - English will be available

Please note: Costs for taking part in the conference, such as travel expenses, cannot be reimbursed.



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