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From 26-27 June 2007, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research organised a major Conference in Brussels (Belgium) on the future of European agriculture and its consequences for research.

  • Will biofuels replace oil as the main energy source and become the main crop for European agriculture? How will this affect food prices?
  • What will the farm of the future look like?
  • Will Europeans eat more fish and fish products?
  • How will climate change affect agricultural production in different parts of the EU?
These are some of the important questions that were addressed during this conference, which aimed at debating research needs and developing a coherent European research agenda in order to enable agriculture to cope with a range of complex and interlinked challenges, such as rapidly increasing globalisation, energy shortages, climate change and unsustainable consumption of natural resources.

The discussions held were based on the results of a wide foresight process, initiated by the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), aimed at identifying possible scenarios for European agriculture with a 20-year perspective and appropriate research responses.

The conference brought together major European and worldwide actors/stakeholders from the fields of agriculture, food, forestry, aquaculture, rural development, consumer science/behaviour, economics, etc.


Last update: 23-07-2007