What role will and should agri-technologies play in the delivering of the F2F strategy?
Tue, 23 February 2021
15:30 – 17:00 CET
During the conference, we explored what role innovation could play in the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy. What is the EU's plan for innovation in agriculture? What technologies which are currently available or developed could help farmers meet the F2F targets? During this event, we both took the perspective from the policy-maker, the industry as well as from the farm-level.
We explored how agricultural innovation can contribute to achieving the goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement. Speakers introduced the innovative solutions they are developing for making the EU climate positive. What political and practical challenges do they foresee? How to scale-up successful experiments?
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Hosted by Martin Hlaváček MEP
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak Building - Room 5B1
Explore how agricultural innovation can contribute to achieving the goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement. Speakers will introduce the innovative solutions they are developing for making the EU climate positive. What political and practical challenges do they foresee? How to scale-up successful experiments?
Martin Hlaváček, MEP, Renew Europe Group
Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm, Head of EU Affairs and former President, Familienbetriebe Land und Forst
Panel 1: Innovation through technology
Andreas Huber, Integrated Field Sciences EMEA Leader at Corteva
Pedro Carillo Donaire, Founder & CEO EC2CE
Panel 2: Innovation in farm practices
Chiara Manoli, Regulatory Affairs, ILSA
Saskia Visser, Program leader Sustainable Land Use, Wageningen University
Jürgen Vangeyte, Scientific Director Agricultural Engineering, ILVO
The future of the agricultural sector faces a number of serious challenges now and in the coming decades. Climate change, increasing yields for a growing global population, increasing resistance against new and existing threats, and creating sustainable land use. While these challenges and their solutions are manifold, innovations in the seed breeding sector – especially new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 – promise to assist in answering these challenges. However, the European Court of Justice has decided that these new techniques should fall under the restrictive European legislation on GMOs, and this may seriously hinder their uptake and field use in Europe.
During the conference, we will examine the consequences of the Court decision for the future of plant breeding in Europe, how to move forward, as well as practical farm problems that could be resolved through these technologies.
Hosted by Anne Schreijer-Pierik MEP
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
from 16:30 to 18:30
European Parliament Room PHS 4 B 001
Agricultural trends and the role of technology: challenges and opportunities for tomorrow’ food production
1st December 2015
Brussels Press Club- Rue Froissart 93; 1040 Brussels
The development of drone technologies for the farming sector, but also mobile applications and use of GPS, is increasingly transforming the agricultural activities, requiring also from farmer and manager a different kind of knowledge. The integration of digital technology in agriculture and the data flow collected can help to better manage resources and production. But global trend between the development of food demand seem to challenge the sustainability of the food production. Can these technologies help achieving a low-input agriculture? How far can we go, and how accessible are these technologies for farmers? Finally, what policy environment for these technologies in terms of data protection and data ownership?
Program and Speakers' biography
This event was free of charge and is has been made possible thanks to the kind support of: Deutz-Fahr, BASF and Yara.
- Welcoming speech, Thierry de l'Escaille, ELO Secretary General
- Achim Dobermann, Director, Rothamsted Research Institute as the Keynote
- Ana Cuadrado Galvin, REsearch Programme Officer, Research & Innovation Unit, DG AGRI, EC
- Frits van Evert, Professor, Plant Research International, Wageningen University & Research Centre
- Rudolf Tornerhjelm, Estate manager, Swedish Landowners’ Association
- Massimo Ribaldone, Director for R&D, Same Deutz- Fahr
- Walter Haefeker, President, European Professional Beekeeping Association
- Concluding remarks, Thierry de l'Escaille, ELO Secretary General
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