EFFAB/ FABRE – TP
“FOOD AND FARMING: WHAT FUTURE FOR EUROPE?”
Does the Farm to Fork strategy offer more opportunities or obstacles for the European agri-food system?
Rome - Brussels, 06 May 2021 - The live stream meeting, "Food and Farming: what future for Europe?" was held yesterday afternoon. This deep-dive into the Farm to Fork Strategy promoted by Eunews in collaboration with Carni Sostenibili and European Livestock Voice served as an open dialogue between policy makers and the livestock value chain following the launch of the video appeal, "The 9 paradoxes of the Farm to Fork". The European livestock sector is keen to forge a constructive dialogue with the EU institutions to ensure greater involvement in the legislative process for the strategy intended to guide EU agri-food policies in the coming decades.
"Our post-Covid-19 future will not – and must not – be simply 'let’s go back to business as usual'. Each actor will have to play their role to successfully achieve the transition to sustainable food systems. Livestock is an essential sector of EU agriculture and is part of the solution, and I count on this sector to pursue its efforts towards sustainable production in line with the objectives of the Green Deal." - said Claire Bury, Deputy Director General DG SANTE of the European Commission, who participated in the debate.
Luigi Scordamaglia, President of Assocarni and Italian representative for the Carni Sostenibili Association, spoke precisely on the risks and opportunities of the Farm to Fork strategy. "An extraordinary opportunity” - notes Scordamaglia – “but also a risk, namely that this green transition is not guided by an objective and rational approach, based on numbers and data, but is conditioned by ideological approaches and this would transform an opportunity into a defeat for producers but also for European consumers”. Concerning sustainability, which is increasingly the focal point in which the debate gets heated, President Scordamaglia recalled: "To those who think that one becomes sustainable by returning to using a wooden plough, I would like to point out that the results in sustainability achieved in Italy derive from being the second country in the world in the use of robotics and in the automation of the food sector. We are the eighth economy in the world for GDP, but only the third from last regarding CO2 emissions. This is the path to sustainability that we want". - concluded Scordamaglia.
“I believe that the Farm to Fork strategy proposed by the Commission for agri-food chains is of high value due to the effective involvement of both consumers and operators. However, we must assess the impacts of this strategy principally from an economic and social perspective: this is important for citizens and especially for operators who are committed to guaranteeing accessibility to and affordability of food" declared Herbert Dorfmann, MEP, AGRI Committee, reiterating that “a scientific approach is essential to sustainability”.
On distant but not diametrically opposed positions MEP Jytte Guteland, from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats stressed the need for a change of pace also in the livestock sector in view of sustainability objectives. According to the MEP, the sector has not yet achieved this. “With regard to the Farm to Fork strategy there is a lot of sensitivity, but it should be recalled that we are going through a historic period with the Green Deal which represents a fundamental step for future generations. The direction on sustainability must be clear” - said Guteland – “although much has been done, there is still work to be done, but we can achieve our goals. Farmers today are the real heroes of everyday life because food is the source of life. However, we need a sustainable future for this sector, a new direction for Europe in the distribution of incentives that must be destined above all to those farmers who decide to orient practices towards sustainability". And she concluded, “In summary we can say that farmers are not part of the problem but part of the solution”.
Finally, Pekka Pesonen, Copa - Cogeca Secretary General, who spoke on behalf of European Livestock Voice, the Association that brings together the European Livestock value chain associations, recalled the commitment in terms of sustainability of animal husbandry, underlining its economic value. Today, in fact, the sector represents about 40% of the entire European agricultural sector for a value of 170 billion Euro with 4 million employees. "What we need” - concluded Pesonen – “is for the European Union to implement policies that allow the agricultural sector to make the necessary changes to maintain our European de-centralized model of agriculture, a model that would sustain world-known culinary heritage, contribute to the wider economy in rural areas, support circularity and respond to the future expectations of consumers.”
Note to the Editors
European Livestock Voice is a multi-stakeholder group of like-minded EU partners united to return a balanced debate about a sector that is playing such an essential role in Europe’s rich heritage and future. The associations represent sectors ranging from animal health to feed, from breeding and animal farming to farmers; together they aim to inform the public about the social value of livestock production and its contribution to global challenges, offering another perspective in the ongoing debates.
Association Carni Sostenibili is a non-profit association that represents all the production chains dedicated to the processing and transformation of Italian meat (beef, pork and poultry), with the aim of promoting sustainable production and conscious consumption of meat and cured meats. Founded in 2012, the association has created a digital communication platform, supported by the publication of studies and research, to promote correct scientific information and its divulgation, regarding the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the entire meat supply chain.
This event was also supported by Somos Ganaderia.
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EFFAB-FABRE TP press release on the EC study on NGTs
EFFAB and FABRE TP have reacted to the publication of the EC study on NGTs. You could find it on our website and social media.
The report is quite positive for plants. EC says that safety data is available for plants and need to be generated in animals. The report from the GM labs on the detection methods is lacking too. Below are the next steps considered by the EC and addressed in the letter that the Commission sent to the presidency of the council. Now the council has to agree with. Next steps have to be considered at the national level to influence the Council decision. A first technical meeting will be held on Monday between the EC and the EU council.
“The Council also requested the Commission to submit a proposal (accompanied by an impact assessment), if appropriate in view of the outcomes of the study, or otherwise to inform the Council on other measures required as a follow-up to the study. The Commission considers that action needs to be taken in the field of NGTs, to address the current challenges that were at the origin of the Council request, and are further confirmed by the study. Action in this field can also contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategy and to a more competitive economy, which are at the centre of current priorities of the EU. Based on the information available and the outcome of the study, the Commission has concluded that there is sufficient evidence and scientific basis to initiate a targeted policy action on plants derived from certain new genomic techniques (targeted mutagenesis and cisgenesis). The Commission therefore intends to initiate a policy action on plants derived from targeted mutagenesis and cisgenesis, which will entail carrying out an impact assessment. For other organisms (animals and microorganisms) and other new genomic techniques, the Commission intends to continue to build up the required scientific knowledge, in view of possible further policy actions. These other organisms will remain, at this stage, subject to the current GMO legal framework.
The European livestock sector will present on the 25th of March at 11.00 am "The 9 paradoxes of Farm to Fork", a call to actively participate in the current sustainability challenge to develop and implement an effective and adequate Farm to Fork strategy for Europe. Born from an initiative of Carni Sostenibili and European Livestock Voice, the series of videos will launch simultaneously in 7 European countries and languages: Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Poland.
The videos highlight the fact that despite good intentions, the Farm to Fork strategy does not take into consideration the actual situation and challenges of the livestock sector. They reflect the will of the whole chain to be actively involved in the great green transition process, now in progress (please see the press release and the other pieces attached to this email for more details).
With our partners at the EU livestock Voice, EFFAB will be active in Twitter ahead of the 25.03 and during the event using hashtags #F2FParadoxes #MeatTheFacts. You can also share/ tweet about the launch and later about the videos themselves.
The EC has launched a public consultation to move on the use of insect protein and non-ruminant protein in poultry and pig feed in EU
As you know, only aquaculture is allowed to use a part of this feed. Attached, the state of play of the rules in EU. EFFAB is intended to contribute with your inputs.
Background : Since the enforcement of a total feed ban, in 2001, the epidemiological situation regarding BSE has considerably improved in the EU. The Farm-to-Fork strategy aims at making a better use of the protein and other feed material produced in Europe, the proposal of the commission should mainly allow the use of insect protein and non-ruminant protein in poultry and pig feed but as already addressed in 2020, there is no consensus within MSs to adopt such proposal.
EFSA- GE - risk assessment - SDN-1 - SDN-2- SDN-3 plants
- Applicability of the EFSA Opinion on site‐directed nucleases type 3 for the safety assessment of plants developed using site‐directed nucleases type 1 and 2 and oligonucleotide‐directed mutagenesis : https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/6299
- outcomes of the public consultation on the Scientific opinion on the applicability of the EFSA opinion on SDN-3 for the safety assessment of plants developed sung SDN-1 and DSND-2 and ODM https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/sp.efsa.2020.EN-1972
BORIS JOHNSON MAKES PUSH FOR GENE-EDITING IN FARMING: Boris Johnson and his farm minister George Eustice are making a public push to shake up U.K. biotech laws as a symbol of Britain’s new-found freedom from Brussels.
Boris Johnson urged British farmers Tuesday to combine traditional practices with disruptive new technologies like gene editing in a future he said would be “free from the shackles” of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.
“Now is the time to embrace a new modern age of farming,” the U.K. prime minister told a conference of the National Farmers’ Union in a recorded address.
He called for “bringing together the best of our farming traditions with potentially revolutionary technology, such as gene editing, and of course that goes alongside wanting people to buy more of our unparalleled produce at home and proudly selling more around the world.” The government “won’t compromise” on environmental, food and animal welfare standards, Johnson added.
In the meanwhile, you should remember the study published by the EU JRC and DG Agri from Jean-Louis Peyraud on the “Future of the European Livestock Sector” . Both EU institutions organise un webinar on 9 March afternoon from 14:00 to 17:30 CET (please save the date if you wish to attend). Jean-Louis and Michael will present main lines of the study. It will be followed by a scientific panel and a stakeholders panel. I have tried to propose a scientist from FABRE TP to join the scientific panel but it seems that the draft agenda is already closed for new speakers
You are welcome to register to the workshop here. We would be grateful if you can register online by 4 March at the latest.
FAO has recently published a study called “How to feed the world in times of pandemics and climate change : Innovation opportunities for the livestock sector” .
NEWS: 4. 2. 2021
EFFAB and FABRE TP secretariat are increasing activities to better represent EFFAB and FABRE TP members and to strength the dissemination activities and the role of knowledge provider in EU projects.
On these 2 purposes, we are now searching for a Junior scientist with relevant background in animal breeding and genetics aiming to participate in the work of EFFAB in EU projects but also in policy areas related to Research to increase FABRE TP visibility at the EU level. We have drafted a job offer (attached). If you know somebody that could be interested in such position, please, don’t hesitate to put him/her in contact with us.
Eurostat has published figures of organic farming production in the EU and a report with (Jan 2021). Some figures related to livestock are in too. Organic farming is slowly increasing in the EU; 8,5 % percent of total agricultural land used for, or undergoing the conversion into, organic farming as of 2019. FYI, one of the non-binding but
Regarding EU aquaculture and fisheries (including Norway and UK), the exercise for the whole sector was made in November 2020.
The association “No patents on seeds” has launched a petition on this matter https://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/en/activities/petition until 31 May 2021. They estimate that even if the EPO decided to clarify the prohibition of patents on plants and animals obtained from conventional breeding, “there is no clear legal distinction to technical processes of genetic engineering.”
Developments on perception from Organics sector and green politicians in Europe about Genome Editing, at least when talking about plants. There is also the ongoing consultation in UK until 17 March on GE. You could find below an article published last week in UK about GE in the Organic sector. Now, the website has given free access to the article.
- the number 3 of the series of webinars #BreedersTalkGreen will address the potential of GE in Animal Breeding. The EC has positively answered to our invitation to introduce this session. We will communicate you asap the date, around mid-March.
- we are also currently talking with the EC to organise a meeting for EFFAB/FABRE TP members with the Commission on the outputs of the study that the Commission is currently drafting. As you know the EU Council asked to the EC to submit, by 30 April 2021, a study on the status of new genomic techniques after the ruling of ECJ published in July 2018.
The EC has adopted and published an updated of the guidance document for the implementation of the EU ABS regulation. This document provides more detailed information and practical examples on the scope and users obligations of the ABS Regulation.
On 14 Jan 2021, we have had a meeting with the Commission to better understand this update. Attached, you could find the official publication on 12 January 2021 in the EU Official Journal. And some print screen of examples related to animal breeding that I got at the meeting. I will send the presentations when DG ENVI will make them follow.
Regarding the content of the new guidance document.
- Chapter 2 gives more details on the scope of the legislation. It gives non exhaustive examples. It provides also the scope for research and development.
- Chapter 3 provides the users obligations, including responsibilities of research institutions and of researchers employed.
- Annex II is completely new (page 32) . I will recommend you to take a look at this Annex II, and particularly to chapter and chapter 8.
Breeders Talk Green
On behalf of the EFFAB-FABRE TP secretariat and the boards of EFFAB and FABRE TP, I'm pleased to share with you the details and registration form for the first session of the series of webinars “Breeders talk Green”.
The first session is now confirmed to take place on Friday 11 December from 10:00 to 11:30 CET. You can find attached the flyer promoting the program. And you can register through this link.
This session is an introduction for other webinars that will be scheduled during 2021 focusing on more detailed topics related to the Animal Breeding and Reproduction sectors and the EU political and research agenda. Your contributions are always welcome if you wish to have an active participation.
5.11.2020 Breeders Talk Green
We are very pleased to announce the launch of a series of webinars with the support of the EFFAB Steering Committee and FABRE TP board, named “Breeders Talk Green”.
We would like to invite you to the first introductory session that will take place on December 11th , from 10:00 – 11:30 CET (date and time is subject to change as we are waiting on final confirmations from the speakers).
The webinars series is destined to engage members, stakeholders, EU officials and other active actors in the Animal Breeding and Reproduction sector into discussing sustainability and other relevant topics in the current context of the EU Green Deal, including Research and Innovation. There will be different webinars throughout the rest of 2021. The definite programme will be announced in due time, but below you can find some information on the sessions already:
- 11th December 2020 – Breeders Talk Green: Animal Breeding & Climate Ambition 1:15-1:30 h
- Opening (Ana)
- Introduction by Mr. Timmermans’ cabinet (Vice-President of the EU Commission in charge of the EU Green Deal ; Lukas Visek)
- What will a climate friendly breeding goal look like? Hannah van Zanten / Wageningen University (NL) (max 15m)
- What changes in breeding schemes are needed to reduce the impact on climate change? GENO (ruminants) and Hendrix Genetics (aqua/poultry/pigs)
- Open stage + Q&A (30-45 m)
- January 2020 – Breeders Talk Green:Sustainable Animal Breeding and Genetic Diversity
- Jan/Feb 2021 – Breeders Talk Green:Healthy & Happy Animals, Healthy Societies
- Feb/March 2021 – Breeders Talk Green:Resilience & Efficiency – Optimizing Goals in Breeding
- March/April 2021 – Breeders Talk Green:Animal Genome Editing in the Spotlight
- April/May 2021 – Breeders Talk Green: Insect Breeding
- June/July 2021 – Breeders Talk Green:Ongoing Innovations
- July/Sept 2021 – Breeders Talk Green:Innovation for the Future
In the following weeks we will send you more information on how to join these webinars and its agenda. You can also contact us if you think that you can provide inputs for one of these sessions. The program is dynamic, other sessions could be added, only for members too.
We are looking forward to meet you during these challenging times. Don’t hesitate to spread the word. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
You may have noticed that the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry went yesterday to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work in GE and their discovery of the Crispr/cas9 tool. We have tweeted yesterday and published the news in our LinkedIn EFFAB page too. Don’t hesitate to like and retweet. https://twitter.com/EFFAB/status/1313894065059106816
We would like also to share with you the call below, from the international Journal of Molecular Sciences. The section “Molecular Biology” is preparing a special issue on the “Advances in Genome Editing” including Agriculture. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms/special_issues/advances_genome_editing This Special Issue will consider :
- Papers on new scientific developments in genome editing and their latest implications in various areas of biotechnology
- Research articles, review articles as well as short communications
- Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers)
Probably you were aware before us 😉 I hope it’s relevant for you. From EFFAB/FABRE TP perspective, it’s very important that Livestock and Aqua Breeding could be in this kind of special publication.
Many thanks. Have an excellent day !
conference program on 16 October and how to register
Horizon 2020 - Horizon EU - Green Deal kalendár (očakávaný)
- The Green Deal call calendar
- mid-September 2020 : Formal adoption of Green Deal call as amendment to Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-20
- mid-September 2020 : Publication and opening of the call
- 22-24 September 2020 : Opportunity to find potential project partners at the EU R&I Days
- (viď oznam z 21. 7. 2020)
- end January 2021 : Deadline for submitting project proposals
H2020 Science communication : The Commission has published a report with achievements of H2020 program on projects under Science with and for society (SwafS). Horizon Europe should strengthen efforts to tap into the potential that citizens have to offer and ensure effective cooperation between science and society.
Stanovisko sektora výskumu a inovácií v EÚ vrátane piatich TP bolo vypočuté EP. EP má preto odsúhlasiť návrh (as a part of the decision process) a deklaruje, že nesúhlasí so skrátením rozpočtu na výskum a vývoj.Viac tu:
Program EU Research & Innovation Days (22 to 24 Sept 2020) je zverejnený. Registrácia bude možná neskôr. Viac tu:
23.7.2020 NEWS Východiská programu HORIZON Europe pre obdobie rokov 2021-2022, cluster 6 ‘Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment’
Na základe členstva FAPZ v konzoricu EFFAB/ FABRE-TP je k dispozícii návrh východísk programu H-Europe na najbližšie porgamové obdobie. V prípade záujmu je celý dokument k dispozícii.
The document is organised by “Destinations” (below) to achieve the objectives of the EU Green Deal. The ‘orientations for topics’ listed in this document are preliminary and are meant only to illustrate the expected content of each destination. The impacts and issues listed in this document are preliminary. However, the detail of the document could give already an idea of topics for next WPs 2021-2022. That’s why your inputs are more than welcome. We will be pleased to receive you feedbacks before 1st August to provide a consolidated version to the European Commission.
We have already made a first broad reading of the draft attached and included some comments using the ATF and FABRE TP Proposals, they are not exhaustive. Please check these comments too. This document has been shared with MSs. MSs have to send their comments before 10 August 2020. You can also contact them to let them know your concerns.
Destination 1 – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ; with an area dedicated to the management of genetic resources in primary production (page 11 and 12)
Destination 2 – Fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food systems from primary production to consumption (please check pages 15 to 19 for livestock and pages 19 to 24 for aquaculture)
Destination 3 – Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors (pages 25 to 33)
Destination 4 – Clean environment and zero pollution
Destination 5 – Land, oceans and water for climate action
Destination 6 – Resilient, inclusive, healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities
Destination 7 – Innovative governance, environmental observations and digital solutions in support of the Green Deal; please check if under this destination, phenotyping strategies, big data, machine learning and other tools to collect and manage data for animal breeding could be addressed and how to improve the document. (page 50)
Možnosť zúčastniť sa podujatí organizovaných Bruseli počas letného obdobia. Tento rok, vzhľadom na okolnosti sa tieto podujatia budú organizovať v dištančnej forme. Príležitosť pre tých, ktorých to zaujíma. Samozrejme, EFFAB/FABRE TP sekretariát sa zúčastní ako reprezentant za sektor živočíšnej produkcie a reprodukcie.
- Research and Innovation days are the annual event in Brussels related to EU research programs. The event will take place from 22 to 24 September 2020. Full program and registration are not available yet but they should be published soon. I’ll keep you informed.
- FOOD 2030 event by DG RTD in partnership with FAO, on 16 October (World Food Day) and associated to the event Farm to Fork Strategy, below, planned from 15 to 16 October (noon). It will take place between 12:15 and 14:30 (CET) and it will bring together researchers, innovators, policy makers, actors, stakeholders and civil society for a participatory discussion on the transition to sustainable food systems and, in particular, on the key role of research and innovation.
- FARM TO FORK event from 15 to 16 October. Stakeholders across the food value chain, public authorities, international and civil society organisations, as well as other citizens and the interested public are invited to join the debate and contribute to the implementation of the recently adopted Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The event will also provide a forum for discussion on the challenges and opportunities linked to the transition to sustainable food systems, as well as on possible further areas of intervention. Program and registration are not already available. Please, let me know if you are interested and I’ll forward you the invitation email with detailed registration information and links.
2)Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by contractual agreement
EFFAB participated in 2017-18 on drafting a Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing. It aims to promote the benefits of sharing data in agriculture, setting transparent principles and guidelines to support the development of digital farming. Code of Conduct explains contractual relations and provides guidance on the use of agricultural data, particularly on the rights of access and use of the data.
All signatories of the Code of Conduct (AHE, COPA-COGECA, CEMA, Fertilizers Europe, CEETTAR, CEJA, ECPA, EFFAB, FEFAC, Euroseeds and CLIMMAR) recognise the need to grant the data originator a leading role in controlling access to and the use of data. The guidelines also underline that the right to determine who can access and use the data should be granted to the data originator. In practice this means that the rights to data collected on the farm or during farming operations are granted to the farmer and may be used as he or she sees fit.
1)The Farm to Fork strategy set a number of targets to achieve in 2030. Targets are not binding. Attached, you could find more details given by the Commission on 17 June :
• Reduction of sales of antimicrobials for farmed animals and aquaculture : year of reference 2017
• Reduction of nutrient losses (N and P)
• Increase of organic farming and aquaculture to 25% : for agriculture the target is a percentage of the total utilised agriculture area. For aquaculture, a % of the aqua production.
2)The European Parliament Research Service has also published a factsheet (attached) on the Farm to fork Strategy with a number of links
3) EFFAB News on NBTS and cloning update
• A revision of the document drafted by the EFFAB secretariat on the legal framework for cloning in animals in EU
• June 2020 edition on Genome Editing news
FABRE – TP/ EFFAB office has received a new version of Green Deal Call draft text under finalisation (attached the version with TC and a clean version). This call should be opened in September 2020.
1)Organické šľachtenie hospodárskych zvierat
Cieľom Výskumného ústavu pre organické poľnohospodárstvo v Bruseli (FiBL) je zmapovanie organických šľachtiteľských programov v EÚ. Osobitne tých, ktorí majú definované špecifické chovné ciele v súvislosti s organickou produkciou.
a samotný dotazník pre organizácie, združenia, iniciatívy a podniky:
2)Organic Cattle breeding project with SwissGenetics
o Short info in EN https://www.fibl.org/en/themes/projectdatabase/projectitem/project/1749.html
Ak máte záujem zdieľať tieto informácie s kanceláriou FABRE -TP/ EFFAB, môžete tak urobiť najneskôr do 5. 7. 2020
- aktivity v organickom šľachtení a výskume organického šľachtenia
- ak ste sa zapojili do dotazníka
- ak ste/zaujímate sa o zahrnutie do databázy
3)Novým nariadením 2018/848, ktoré vstúpi do platnosti v januári 2021 a nahradí 2007/834 sa vytvára Animal database firiem, ktoré majú produkty pre organický trh:
art.26 of the regulation (Collection of data concerning the availability on the market of organic and in-conversion plant reproductive material, organic animals and organic aquaculture juveniles)
Keďže v prípade osivárskych firiem už táto iniciatíva funguje, šľachtiteľské organizácie budú mať možnosť zverejňovať takýmto spôsobom svoju ponuku pre organické farmárstvo v database.
The news was related today at the Brussels media. One of the German Green MEP also signed the position paper and she explained the reasons in the article below. In the meantime, GREENS party at EP has published a statement reminding the original position of Greens on this issue. https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/german-green-faction-pushes-for-gene-editing-overhaul-of-regulation/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1592316977
28. 5. 2020
EFFAB-FABRE TP Annual General Meeting
AGM final program
The final program of the online version of the Annual General Meeting of EFFAB & FABRE 2020 is ready. It will be held as an online event through GoToWebinar on Thursday the 28th of May, from 10:00 to 16h30.
The open part of the meeting will be held in the morning with some interesting presentations related to the current Covi19 crisis, the European political and research context and the role of the livestock sector at the European level.
The official part of the Annual meeting will be held in the afternoon; starting with the FABRE TP AGM and followed by the EFFAB AGM, where the AGM minutes (2019), annual reports & financial reports (2019), the budget for 2020, new version of code EFABAR and other relevant matters for EFFAB and FABRE TP will be discussed.
We have tried to imagine a program that could interest both EFFAB and FABRE TP members. Due to the special format of the meeting, we don’t need to limit attendance for one person per company/knowledge institute. Don’t hesitate to make follow the invitation to your colleagues.
9:30-10:00 Virtual welcome with (home) coffee
10:00 Opening session
10:05 Keynote presentations of Covid19 impacts on EU food, farming and breeding sectors
11:00 European policy on livestock and research
12:00 The role of the European Livestock sector
12:45 Lunch break
14:00 FABRE TP Annual General Meeting
15:15 EFFAB Annual General Meeting
We hope to make this online meeting a great success and thank you beforehand for your participation!
Looking forward to meet you,
The EFFAB and FABRE TP secretariats
Názov: Farm to fork and Biodiversity strategy
The EU Farm to Fork and the EU Biodiversity Strategies under the EU Green Deal have been published today, 20 May 2020. Vice commissioner Timmermans presented main lines with Mrs. Kyriakides (Health commissioner) and Mr. Sinkevičius (Environment Commissioner). Commissioner of Agriculture didn’t participate to this presentation where producers and consumer are at the heart of the Farm to Fork Strategy.
Attached, you could find both texts and infographics of both strategies.
- The Biodiversity Strategy aims to protect and restore nature. Regarding genetics, it is said that the decline of genetic diversity must also be reversed, including by facilitating the use of traditional varieties of crops and breeds. This would also bring health benefits through more varied and nutritious diets. The Commission is considering the revision of marketing rules for traditional crop varieties in order to contribute to their conservation and sustainable use. The Commission will also take measures to facilitate the registration of seed varieties, including for organic farming, and to ensure easier market access for traditional and locally adapted varieties.
- Farm to Fork Strategy aims to improve the sustainability of the EU food systems. Some of the major measures mentioned at the press conference were :
- The reduction of the use of antimicrobials, fertilisers and pesticides before 2030. AB reduction should be 50% but the commissioner didn’t give the year of reference for this reduction, even after a question of a journalist. It could be 2020 or before. We know that the use of antibiotics in livestock and aqua farming has already decreased by 50% since 2011. Reduction of fertilisers, including manure, should raise 20%
- The increase of the organic production from 8% to 25% as they are healthier products
- A new green business model for farmers and aqua producers ; farming practices removing CO2 from the atmosphere will be promoted
- EC study on NGTs should show the need or not to review legislation (GMO directive) if they can improve sustainability of the food production
- Horizon Europe will foster research and innovation for the transition to sustainable, healthy and inclusive food systems. And Invest EU fund should contribute to foster investment in the agri-food sector for, mainly for SMEs.
- The Commission will revise the existing animal welfare rules including on animal transport and slaughter of animals. The purpose is to align it with latest scientific evidence.
- Animal welfare labelling is going to be considered; enabling consumer choice whilst offering farmers incentives for improving animal welfare.
- EU promotion program should focus on sustainable food. In relation to meat, EU should use its promotion programme to support the most sustainable, carbon-efficient methods of livestock production.
- The reduction of food waste
- A voluntary EU code of conduct for responsible business and marketing practices for food processors and retailers
- Mandatory front-of pack nutrition labelling. EU will encourage product reformulation. They should also restric promotion of foods high on fats, sugar and salt
The AGM of EFFAB and FABRE TP next week foresees a session on EU policies. A representative from DG SANTE, regarding the Farm to Fork Strategy. And a representative from DG RTD to talk about Horizon Europe program. DG AGRI will be available for questions on Horizon EU program. This is an extreme important moment to address the right questions from the field to these persons in charge of different EU policies.
15. 5. 2020 Patentability of plants/animals obtained by classical breeding : EPO opinion
The board of Appel of EPO, the European Patent Office, has published on 14 May 2020 a press release concerning opinion G 3/19. In September 2019 the EP has called the EPO, which is an independent body from the European Union, to avoid patentability of organisms (plants and animals) obtained by conventional breeding (below information related to the process sent on 30 September 2019).
The opinion published yesterday concluded that plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable. The Board adopted a dynamic interpretation of the exception to patentability under Article 53(b) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and held that the non-patentability of essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals also extends to plant or animal products that are exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process. In adopting this dynamic interpretation, the Enlarged Board abandoned its earlier interpretation of Article 53(b) EPC in decisions G 2/12 (Tomatoes OJ EPO 2016, A27) and G 2/13 (Broccoli, OJ EPO 2016, A28 ). It held that, after the introduction of new Rule 28(2) EPC, Article 53(b) EPC was to be interpreted to exclude from patentability plants, plant material or animals, if the claimed product is exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process or if the claimed process features define an essentially biological process. In order to ensure legal certainty and to protect the legitimate interests of patent proprietors and applicants, the Enlarged Board ruled that the new interpretation of Article 53(b) EPC given in G 3/19 had no retroactive effect on European patents containing such claims which were granted before 1 July 2017, or on pending European patent applications seeking protection for such claims which were filed before that date.
Attached the full text of the press release and the resolution published by the EP in September 2019. And a very well done summary of 2 pages found on the web describing the whole procedure and implications. Below the link to the full text of the EPO opinion.
On 19 September, the plenary of the European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding patentability of plants and animals obtained by classical breeding (biological process). This resolution aims to show to the European Patent Office the opinion of the EP on this topic ; after the patents granted on tomatoes and broccoli (See below)
The European Parliament (EP) insisted that plants & animals obtained through natural breeding processes such as crossing must not become patentable. Following a decision of the Agri Committee (4th Sept) of EP and a debate earlier in the week on the basis of an oral question to the Commission and the adoption of a non-legislative resolution yet, the House called on the EU executive to do as much as it can to convince the European Patent Office (EPO) not to grant patents for products obtained using essentially biological processes. MEPs want the EPO to restore legal clarity on the issue, underlining that open access to breeding material was essential for innovation, food security & the environment.
The question was put by German MEP Norbert Lins (EPP) on behalf of COMAGRI. This question come after that the EPO, which is not an EU body, opened the possibility of granting patent protection to conventionally-bred plants in March 2015, after attempts to register tomatoes with reduced water content and broccoli growing with a selective increase of the anticarcinogenic glucosinolates.
EFFAB Steering Committee has supported the position of the EP Agriculture Committee pushing to avoid patents on animals obtained by classical breeding. What it is called Biological process in the Biotech Directive and must be defined in national legislation.
After the adoption of the resolution, the EP President David Sassoli is instructed to submit the resolution to the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO, which is currently considering cases of this type, by 1st Oct, the deadline set by the Enlarged Board for written submissions. The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has final judgment on the issue. Please, remember that EPO is not a EU body. A resolution coming from the EP is a political position on this issue, not legislation.
You could find here below a video registered by EP to explaining main lines of this issue and why EP adopted this resolution. It talks mainly about plants, of course. And in attached file the 4 pages resolution.
13. 5. 2020 A bigger conversation and Compassion in world farming have organised last year a roundtable at UK level on Genome Editing and livestock farming (June 2019). They have the intention to repeat the experience at the EU level. EFFAB was invited to participate at this EU roundtable in March 2020. It was cancelled.
Now, they are “keeping the conversation” during the Covid19 lockdown and they have launched a survey on citizens perception of Genome Editing in food and farming, below. It’s a very short survey that you can answer and also share with people out of the sector, even your friends and families.
30. 4. 2020 sa uskutocnil info meeting k výzvam programu LIFE. Do 15 mája je stále možnosť realizovať bilaterálne rokovania. Pre ďalšie informácie prosím sledujte linky v texte nižšie.
The info day about LIFE program took place on 30 April. We hope that some of you were able to attend. You have still the possibility to have the bilateral virtual meetings until 15 May. The secretariat of EFFAB was attending the live steaming. Here below the link with the presentations, to the recorded session and a short summary drafted by Cagla.
2. Live web streaming session https://eu-life-2020.b2match.io/home
3. Summary : There was some emphasis on how to write a good concept note and proposal. However it’s the general rules that apply to all programs. It is important to know that these projects are not R&D and they could also be prepared to implement an innovation.
It requires 55-60% co-funding from beneficiaries but it’s up to beneficiaries to decide who contributes more who less. They are quite flexible projects which means they are open to transnational cooperation if needed, no limit of beneficiaries/countries…etc However they said that they are very competitive. Only 1/3 of the submitted projects usually get to 2nd stage. The closer the topic is related to priority topics, the more bonus it gets. In this sense, FABRE-TP members have a high chance for increasing resilience to climate change, resource efficiency, and as you mentioned GHG emissions.
4. The deadline for calls are given here https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/calls-proposals
Main topics are;
- Environmental technologies and solutions including water, waste, air quality, soil, forest, health
- Climate change adaptation
- Climate change mitigation
- Nature conservation and biodiversity
- Climate and environmental governance and information initiatives
The European Commission has launched its 2020 call for project proposals under the LIFE programme and its environment and climate action sub-programmes, thereby helping implement the European Green Deal.
LIFE projects are quite useful for practice. Most LIFE projects are so-called traditional projects that can be coordinated by any legal entity registered in the EU. These include public institutions, businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). A lot of traditional projects show best-practices, run pilots, raise public awareness or demonstrate breakthroughs in environmental practices. Applications are also being accepted for bigger so-called integrated projects. These projects run strategic EU plans on the environment and the climate and tend to have a regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national dimension.
An online info day is organised by EU commission next week, on 30 April. You can register until 25 April. https://eu-life-2020.b2match.io/home/
If you would like to apply, don’t forget that EFFAB could help you to match with smaller organisations, for consortium building. And don’t forget to keep EFFAB in mind to take part in a proposal.
More detailed information about the program can be found within the links below :
Some measures have been taken to facilitate the proposal application under COvid19 time. https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/section/life/calls-proposals#inline-nav-1
7. 4. 2020
Európska komisia publikovala FAQ. Týkajú sa vplyvu COVID19 na prebiehajúce projekty: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/support/faq;type=1;categories=;programme=H2020;actions=;keyword=COVID-19%20outbreak
EFSA published early March a press release saying that there is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus. EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.” https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/coronavirus-no-evidence-food-source-or-transmission-route
EFSA gives a link to the BfR website that has updated FAQ on this topic on 23rd March. https://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/can-the-new-type-of-coronavirus-be-transmitted-via-food-and-objects.pdf
Iowa State university has also published that livestock appears to be safe from Covid 19. https://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2020/03/19/covid19livestock
COMAGRI – informácia poľnohospodárskeho výboru Európskeho parlamentu z verejného vypočutia: Výskum a Inovácie v poľnohospodárstve
Európska komisia publikovala: „Farm to fork“ stratégiu
feedback do 16. 3. 2020 – viac detailov:
GenRes bridge project v spolupráci s ERFP pre Živočíšne genetické zdroje spustil webstránku pre Genetické zdroje https://www.genresj.org/index.php/grj
Genetic Resource website je Open Acces vedecký časopis, ktorý diseminuje globálne poznanie a nástroje pre komunity profesionálov oblasti rastlinných, živočíšnych a lesných genetických zdrojov, t.j. monitoringu, zberu, udržiavania, konzervovania, charakterizovania a použitia genetických zdrojov pre produkciu potravín, poľnohospodárstvo a lesníctvo.
Follow-up „Farm to fork“ Strategy
Po stretnutí z 18. 2. 2020 v Bruseli, kde bolo veľké množstvo výziev od NGO ohľadne F2F, s cieľom obmedziť spotrebu a produkciu mäso/mlieko, tieto organizácie zaslali európskym komisárom spoločný list s výzvou na redukciu živočíšnej produkcie na EU úrovni. Tu je link na spomínaný list:
Ešte predtým ako bol tento list odoslaný, EFFAB pripravil pre EU komisárov vyhlásenie v spolupráci s koordinačnou platformou pre hospodárske zvieratá ohľadne F2F. Tento list nieje reakciou na vyhlásenia NGO. Členmi platformy sú: COPA-COGECA, UECBV, AVEC, COTANCE, CLITRAVI, FurEurope, FEFAC, FEFANA, EDA, Animal Health Europe a EFFAB.
V tejto súvislostí bol vypočutý v Bruseli aj CEO Nestle, ktorý komentoval niektoré „náhrady mäsa a mlieka “ rastlinného pôvodu a CMO reguláciu na zníženie predaja mäsa.
„Posledný rok, poslanci EP hlasovali o pozmeňujúcom a doplňujúcom návrhu nariadenia s cieľom vyhradiť výrazy a názvy týkajúce sa mäsa výlučne pre jedlé časti zvierat. Mohol by to byť problém pri rozbiehaní odvetvia alternatív rastlín a mäsa?“
Mali by sme premýšľať o spotrebiteľoch a uvádzať ich do centra pozornosti. Spotrebitelia chcú vo svojej strave robiť lepšie rozhodnutia a chcú mať rôzne druhy výrobkov, a nie iba mäso alebo mäsové bielkoviny. A to je dobré pre ich stravu, pretože vieme, že obezita tiež pochádza z nadmernej konzumácie potravín na báze mäsa. Nechajme to jednoduché. Samozrejme by sme nemali zavádzať spotrebiteľa, ktorý volá kurča, čo nie je kurča. Slovo „hamburger“ však neznamená časť zvieraťa, ale skôr prípravu. Používanie slov ako hamburgery alebo klobásy by sa malo povoliť, ak uvediem, že ide o vegetariánske výrobky.
Celé vypočutie je dostupné tu: https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/interview/nestle-chief-eus-green-deal-should-ensure-prosperity-too/?utm_source=EURACTIV&utm_campaign=b2f9a95bf2-AgriFood_Brief_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c59e2fd7a9-b2f9a95bf2-116215591
EFFAB podporuje a stále sa zúčastňuje na legislatívnom návrhu (príprava stále pokračuje) COMAGRI v EP na ochranu spotrebiteľov a názvov predaja mäsa, ako aj mliečnych výrobkov.