Working together for more balanced views on European Livestock

European Livestock Voice and the Spanish national platform Somos Ganaderia hosted an event in the auspices of the FIGAN agricultural fair in Zaragoza, Spain to discuss the current political, economic and societal challenges the livestock sector in Europe is facing today and the need for balanced debate.

Hosted by Brussels agri-journalist Natasha Foote, the event kicked off with opening remarks from the Deputy Director General for Livestock Production and Hunting from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, José Luis Agüero. He highlighted some of the current challenges farmers are facing and said that the transformation of Europe’s food system needs to be inclusive, with no one left behind.

Keynote speaker Tassos Haniotis, a former Director of Strategy and Policy Analysis from the European Commission’s DG AGRI gave a rather stark presentation on current “Food market uncertainties and their impact on the livestock sector’s prospects”. The organising platforms European Livestock Voice and Somos Ganaderia followed his presentation, sharing European and national views on how policies under the EU Green Deal may impact the livestock value chain and the continued supply of food in Europe. 

For more detailed reporting on the event and a link to the recording see here.

Presentations from the event in Zaragoza can be accessed here:
Tassos Haniotis: Food market uncertainties and their impact on the livestock sector’s prospects
Paolo Patruno: The impact of the EU agenda on the livestock chain
Miguel-Angel Higuera: Views on the EU Green from a national (Spanish) level
Alice Stanton: Eat Lancet Planetary Diet & Global Burden of Disease