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well-being’ and ‘Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of
Europe and its citizens’.
In the paper, the ATF says: “Many of the suggested topics demand
concerted action between industry and research providers to target
outcomes for a more competitive industry. The ATF uses an industry-
driven approach by working closely together with relevant livestock
industries to have science directed by industry. Some of the topics
suggested in this position paper fall within the pillar Competitive
Industries [now the Industrial Leadership pillar] and concern new Key
Enabling Technologies (KET) and the multidisciplinary, knowledge and
capital-intensive approach needed for the development of these new
KETs. In several cases, we would expect an industry lead in the
development of RD&I actions.
“For success, some specific topics will need underpinning through more
fundamental research. These might be considered to fall under the
Excellent Science pillar, regarding Future and Emerging Technologies
(FET), but we would argue that science done to create a better society
should be no less excellent than any other science in its quality and
robustness. Nonetheless, we identify some key themes that we feel stand
out as being essential to fill gaps in scientific understanding to underpin
actions to deliver a ‘Better Society’.”
Industry & society
Consequently, in addition to the opportunities presented under the
Societal Challenges pillar, the ATF perceives a number of opportunities
in the Industrial Leadership pillar. The white paper details the key areas
for research and innovation in helping to realise the goals of these two
pillars whilst also benefitting the European livestock sector: “Resource
efficiency – using limited resources in a sustainable manner by robust
and efficient animals; more efficient feed chains that incorporate health
and welfare; making better use of livestock byproducts and alternative
feed resources; and the use of precision livestock farming.
“Responsible livestock farming systems – minimise environmental
impact of animal production while improving animal health and welfare;
increase protein and energy autonomy in Europe; improve productive
In the run-up to the start of Horizon 2020, the
Animal Task Force (ATF) published a white
paper in 2013 recommending key research
and innovation focus areas for the EU
framework programme in order to increase
both innovation and sustainability in the
European animal production sector.
The ATF is a European public private platform
that ‘promotes a sustainable and competitive
livestock sector’. The body represents key
players across the continent in this domain,
notably industry, farmers and researchers. The
priorities set out in the white paper were
identified following a consultation with the
body’s stakeholders, as well as taking into
consideration the strategic research agenda of
multiple European technology platforms. The
white paper was also formed with inspiration
from the Joint Programming Initiative on
Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change.
According to the platform, the paper is “a spur
to develop dialogue with all relevant parties”,
rather than a final statement.
Three pillars
In the paper, the ATF identifies all three pillars
of Horizon 2020 as representing chances for
research, development and innovation in the
livestock sector, though recognises that the
majority of opportunities exist in the Societal
Challenges pillar and, in particular, the ‘Food
security’ objective. The platform, however, also
suggests a potential overlapping of research in
the Societal Challenges of ‘Climate action,
environment, resource efficiency and raw
materials’, ‘Health, demographic change and
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The EU has banned the
use of antibiotics as
growth promoters in
animal feed
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