Food and Farming: well-fed or fed up?

June 06 2019 Renaissance Brussels Hotel

Addressing the disconnect between public perception and sustainable production of fish, meat, milk and eggs.

With high standards for animal health, food safety and an increasingly sustainable livestock sector, Europe's population is generally considered to be well-fed in terms of choice, nutrition, quality and assurance of safe food.

Despite these high standards and the willingness of the livestock chain to continue making improvements, conversations and reporting on livestock gives a growing impression of people feeling fed-up with our current food system.

Participants debated the why, how and wherefore at our event on 6 June.

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Moderator: George Lyon, Hume Brophy

Keynote speeches:

  • Professor Frédéric Leroy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Defining the place of meat in 21st century diets: science, scientism or post-truth?

  • Dr. Henning Steinfeld, UN Food & Agriculture Organisation
    The role of livestock in sustainable development

  • Exchange of views: Food trends today, what impact for tomorrow?
    - Ariel Brunner, Birdlife
    - Paula de Vera, Copa-Cogeca
    - Todor Invanov, EuroCoop
    - Frédéric Leroy, VUB

  • Panel debate: How to uphold facts & science in a world that prefers ‘alternative facts’?
    Introductory presentation: Building a database of facts as a foundation
    - Peer Ederer, Global Food and Agribusiness Network
    - Dr. Beth Clark, consumer attitudes researcher, Newcastle University
    - Anna Jones, agri-journalist, blogger and broadcaster
    - Frédéric Vincent, deputy head of unit, DG SANTE Communications Unit, European Commission