The future of agriculture in a sustainable rural development

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
10:30 - 14:30 (CET)

This event in Madrid continued to reflect the many themes previously discussed in Brussels and consequently produced further engaging debates. Various ELO speakers presented their views about the challenge of feeding the planet in a sustainable way, whilst ensuring that European society benefits from adequate rural development. Other speakers detailed the fundamental need for modern technologies in food production and the protection of the environment, furthermore explaining the consequences of the new EU Crop Protection legislation and regulation for Spanish agriculture.

Overall, there was a common understanding that feeding the world should mean maximising production on available cultivated land and only ploughing extra hectares when truly necessary. Therefore, in order to achieve food self sufficiency, the use of modern technologies such as machinery, fertilisers, crop protection, GMOs, and even IT must be further developed and optimised. All participants agreed that in this strategic fight against hunger, Europe has to keep a high level of food production to properly contribute to world supplies. Most of the participants felt that this can be done within a harmonious rural
development without harming natural habitats. However, it was also stressed that farmers should be compensated for their provision of ‘public goods’ to society

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Agenda

May 13, 2009

10:30 - 14:30 (CET)

10:30 - 11:00 (CET)

Registration & Reception

11:00 - 11:30 (CET)

Introduction

Welcoming by Juan José GUZMÁN,
Industry Director of Madrid Chamber of Commerce

Introduction by the Chair
Vicente SANCHEZ DE SANCHEZ-VALDEPEÑAS, President of GEA

11:30 - 11:50 (CET)

Science and Technology in Agriculture

Bernard GRACIET, Head Syngenta Brussels Office

11:50 - 12:10 (CET)

New Technologies

Food & Environmental Security: Research Point of View (tbc)
Hans-Jörg LUTZEYER, EC DG Research

12:10 - 12:30 (CET)

CAP 2013- 2020

Corrado PIRZIO-BIROLI, CEO of Rise Foundation

12:30 - 12:55 (CET)

Coffee break

13:00 - 13:20 (CET)

Territory Management Plans on Nature Network in the future

Thierry de l’ESCAILLE, Secretary General of ELO

13:20 - 13:40 (CET)

A plan for a better agriculture

Sergio DEDOMINICI, General Manager Syngenta-Agro Spain

13:40 - 14:00 (CET)

Agriculture and Livestock Farming in the rural areas of the Madrid Community

Federico RAMOS DE ARMAS, General Director of Environment,
Community of Madrid

14:00 - 14:20 (CET)

Conclusions

Luis Peiró, President
Chamber of Commerce Environment Commission

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