Exploring sustainability in the EU livestock sector

The UK is expected to sign an ambitious liberalising trade pact with Australia, its first major new trade deals since leaving the EU, following a row between ministers on whether to open up the UK market to meat imports. [SHUTTERSTOCK]

Animal welfare is set to take centre stage in agrifood policy over the coming months, as it is a major focus of the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), and a key theme of the German EU Presidency priorities.

German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner recently emphasised that animal welfare is “becoming more and more important for consumers,” outlining commitments for a standardised animal welfare label across Europe.

Meanwhile, the F2F stipulates a 50% reduction in the sale of antimicrobials for farmed animals by 2030.

But as Europe is shaping its strategies to deliver on the EU Green Deal’s goals, questions are arising as to what this drive to improve the sustainability of livestock holds for the future of the sector.

In this Event Report, EURACTIV explores the debate on what sustainability in the sector should look like in the EU and the ways in which it can be achieved.

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