Brussels (Belgium) ̶ The EAAP and Animal Task Force (ATF) Special Session during the EAAP Annual Meeting on August 28th in Tallinn (Estonia) aims to bring together animal science with practice of animal production and connect researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives and societal organisations. Every year, a different topic is addressed in this half-day session. This year’s focus is on the contribution the animal production sector can have on food integrity.
The demand, consumption patterns, consumers’ engagement and perceptions of food are changing and diversifying. A growing part of consumers become more interested in how their food is grown, processed and brought to market. The consumption of meat and dairy products per capita is decreasing in most European countries, with differences according to countries and species.
This consumption may decrease even more as a consequence of the development of radically new technologies as affordable alternatives and new consumption patterns. Besides a main stream, we see an increasing segmentation of the market. While safety issues remain a priority, the market needs products with new characteristics/qualities and products better suiting the requirements of specific populations.
Beyond the nutritional and organoleptic qualities (“intrinsic value of food”), other criterion such as environmental footprint, animal welfare or the production of public goods are determining consumption choices. This is also called the “extrinsic value of food”. Facing such new challenges and the necessity of attain added value from the export of animal products, food processing companies are now starting to develop husbandry guidelines for the supply chain.
More than ever, a greater focus on animal derived food integrity (safety, authenticity and quality of products, but also their extrinsic value) is needed to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider for safe and healthy animal derived products and help European food systems earn consumer trust. New efforts will require highly inter- and trans-disciplinary cooperation, systems and multi -actor approaches and major contribution by social sciences and humanities to find new tools and innovations along the food chain to improve quality and sustainability of the food systems, understand consumption patterns and consumer preferences.
Taking stock of the preparation of the EC-FOOD2030 strategy, during the year 2017, the Animal Task Force would like to engage a dialogue between farmers, industries, stakeholders from the primary sector and from the food chain, along with decision makers, scientists and citizens to provide input for public policies and contribute to dialogue and communication in order to support the construction of animal derived food integrity.
Program ATF-EAAP session
The special session (session 10) on the contribution of the Animal Production Sector to food integrity will be held in room Apollo 7 on August 28th, 2017.
The program of the afternoon:
14:00 Welcome and introduction
Expectations from the public
14:15 European sustainable food systems, when scientists inform the global policy debate
14:30 Diversifying consumption patterns
14:45 Vision in human nutrition
Expectations from the industry
15:15 Vision from the processing industry
15:30 Vision from the retail industry
16:15 A farmer involved in intensive production
16:30 Panel discussion
See also: ATF-EAAP special session