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European citizens back key aims of landmark conference to transform global food and farming systems, according to new report

Press Release   •   Jul 07, 2017 14:37 BST

5-6 October 2017 at the QEII Conference Centre, London

European citizens fully support the aims of a landmark conference being held to transform our global food and farming systems, according to the results of an EC consultation presented at a conference today.

The results of the EC’s consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were revealed today at a Brussels conference today called ‘The CAP: Have your say’. It showed that sustainability, improved animal welfare, health standards and environmental protection are among the most important themes for European citizens when asked about the future of farming. More than 258,000 citizens took part in the consultation.

The results chime with the aims of international experts, NGOs, policy-makers and individuals who will gather at the Extinction conference this autumn (5-6 October, QEII Centre, London) to transform our global food systems to work for animals, the planet and us. Organised by Compassion in World Farming, WWF, Bird Life International, the University of Winchester, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the event will bring together diverse interests – such as conservation, biodiversity, agriculture, land and water use, environment, climate change, forests, ethics, food policy, production, security and business – and act as a catalyst for future collaboration and solution development.

Ocean sustainability expert Professor Katherine Richardson of the University of Copenhagen, food activist Raj Patel of the University of Texas,former Director of the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) in China Li Junfeng, Chair of Perdue Farms Jim Perdue, and Josh Balk, founder of Hampton Creek, are among leading international figures revealed as key speakers at the Extinction and Livestock Conference, which will examine how we can transform our global farming systems to work for people, the planet and animals.

The conference programme will set the planetary scene, look at the impact of livestock production on wildlife, the environment and humanity, and explore practical global solutions.

Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming and author of the book Dead Zone:Where the Wild Things Were, which explores the link between livestock production and the plight of some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species, said: “This consultation makes it absolutely clear that European citizens want farming with improved animal welfare, sustainability, better environmental protection, good health standards and more local/organic produce – and the aim of the Extinction conference is to bring together all these diverse interests to make that happen.

“Livestock production, the environment, wildlife conservation and human health are all interlinked so it’s vital that experts from each of these fields work together to help deliver the future of farming that people clearly want, before it’s too late.”

Glyn Davies, WWF’s Executive Director of Global Programmes, says: “The decline of species is reaching a critical point, and we cannot ignore the role of unsustainable livestock production. If nature is to recover, we need to work together and encourage sustainable farming systems which will limit pollution, reduce habitat loss and restore species numbers. The Extinction and Livestock conference is a launch pad for action on this global issue.”

Other key speakers at the conference include: award-winning author, Dr Carl Safina; World Food Prize winner, Hans Herren; Dr Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food; Senior Adviser for the Sustainable Development in the European Policy Strategy Center (EPSC) and former EC Director General for Environment (2009-2014), Karl Falkenberg; bee expert, Professor Dave Goulson, of the University of Sussex; Britain’s best-loved environmentalist Jonathan Porritt; Professor Frank Hu of Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

To view the full conference programme and to register visit www.extinctionconference.com

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