Sustainable low input livestock systems (FAO Report Launch)


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 Meeting Aim and Outline

1.       The FAO will be making that case that global food availability does not have to come at the expense of the environment, and that both targets are achievable through agroecology and concentrate-free, grassland-based livestock systems. The report focuses on:-

  •        Securing global food availability in 2050
  •         Improving environmental sustainability
  •         Furthering concentrates-free feed strategies
  •         Reducing food waste

 

Nadia El-Hage Scialabba’s Presentation: FAO Presentation

 

2.       Farmer & Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) founder member John Turner, will highlight the  value of livestock systems based exclusively on pasture and why  a more distinct place within our food culture is long overdue.  This brief presentation from a practical farming perspective will provide an overview, covering:-

  •       Some of the important differences between grass and pasture.
  •       The growing market for Pasture Beef, Pasture Lamb and Pasture Dairy
  •       The renewed interest in the benefits of mixed farming.
  •       Agricultural Policy – what can be done to help?

 

Speakers

Nadia El-Hage Scialabba is the Senior Officer for Environment and Sustainable Development of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Through her 30 years career in FAO, Ms. Scialabba has worked at the interface between environmental, social and economic challenges of food systems and advised member countries on the integration of environmental considerations into agricultural policy and planning. Since 1999, Nadia  has been responsible for the cross-sectoral programme on organic agriculture. Currently, her main focus is Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems (SAFA). Ms. Scialabba holds a Master Degree in Environmental Studies.

 

John Turner, farmer & member of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association  (PFLA)

John Turner farms near Stamford in Lincolnshire and is one of the founding members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA). He is among the first Certified Pasture Beef producers in the UK and despite the markets for Certified Pasture produce being in their infancy, the advantages of running a pasture-based system are already clearly apparent.

The PFLA encourages performance benchmarking amongst its members to help provide other farmers who are interested in making a similar transition. The PFLA also promotes a greater understanding of the wider role of pasture-based livestock systems by continually reviewing published scientific papers, working with Industry bodies such as EBLEX and research establishments including North Wyke (Rothamsted).