ANTALYA, TURKEY – FEFAC and TURKIYEMBIR, representing the Turkish feed industry, announced on Dec. 21 the groups will host the XXVII FEFAC Congress in Antalya, Turkey, April 21-22, 2016. The conference theme is “Societal Acceptance of Livestock and Feed Production in the E.U.”

The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package released in December provides a new holistic policy approach to a more resource-efficient food and feed chain management respecting both food and feed safety and environmental objectives.

In the first session, speakers from DG SANTE and the European Feed Safety Authority will share their outlook on creating a “win-win” situation both for European Consumers and operators in the E.U. feed and food chain, paving the way for increased societal acceptance of modern sustainable feed and livestock production systems. This policy is based on the circular economy approach, which examines the latest risk assessments at the global and E.U. level on alternative feed ingredients, which could pave the way. FEFAC experts, national regulators and key food chain partners will discuss their views and respective expectations and demands regarding the role of feed production in the circular economy.

In the wake of the COP21 agreement and its ambitious Climate Change targets, Michele Galatola from DG ENVI, Pascal Gréverath from Nestlé, Nick Major from ForFarmers and Thomas Kaufmann from EVONIK will discuss the new lifecycle assessment tools that allow for the measurement of the environmental footprint of feed production and its impact on developing effective GHG emission mitigation strategies for livestock production.

In the final session, on the sourcing of responsible feed ingredients, FEFAC will look beyond the manufacturing sites of feed producers and has invested in building responsible supply chains. Maria Pilu Giraudo from AAPRESID, Argentina, Carlo Lovatelli from ABIOVE, Brazil, and Brent Babb from USSEC, U.S., will showcase their efforts in the field of supplying responsible soy to the E.U. feed industry.

For the first time, the FEFAC’s Congress will be held in conjunction with the 5th Global Feed and Food Congress, co-hosted by the International Feed Industry Federation, FEFAC and TURKIYEMBIR, in cooperation with FAO, April 18-20.