EFSA is running a two-year pilot project aimed at identifying emerging risks to food, feed and environmental safety, in the transition to a sustainable circular economy, in a holistic and integrated fashion. More specifically, the project aims to:
- Gather and evaluate the evidence for vulnerabilities of a circular economy for food/feed safety, plant, animal and the environment based on an extensive literature search.
- Explore possible synergies, opportunities and challenges for integrated approaches for the identification and characterisation of emerging risks for food safety and the environment.
The involvement of stakeholders is key to steer the evolution of the pilot project and contribute to its deliverables. To this end, EFSA has built a network of stakeholders who are kept informed on the progress made and are engaged regularly to support the achievement of the abovementioned objectives.
Following the publication of the report on the outcome of the extensive literature search, EFSA has decided to focus the next steps of the pilot project on emerging feed sources and technologies.
This event occurs in the context of a foresight participatory process in which stakeholders will be engaged in supporting the identification of future trends and technologies that may drive the emergence of risks for feed safety and animal health in the transition to a circular economy.
Objectives of the meeting
The overall goal of the event is to identify new hazards, exposure pathways or knowledge gaps to be further explored, focusing on the three relevant circular economy practices listed below, in order to prioritize future work to protect humans, animals, and the environment:
- Food waste
- Former food products
- Food processing by-products
At the workshop, participants will jointly discuss and identify (for one of the abovementioned topics):
- New sources and technologies of feed
- Future trends, drivers, inhibitors, and challenges
- Future vulnerabilities and risks
- Risk heat maps
The outcome of the workshop will be a list of emerging issues and risks associated to novel and more sustainable feed sources and technologies that will be further characterized by EFSA in cooperation with its partners’ network.
The list of participants, presentations, meeting documents and outcomes will be made publicly available on the EFSA website after the event.
Structure of the meeting
The foresight event will run online, and it will be professionally facilitated to enable an open exchange among participants. The agenda will alternate plenary and breakout sessions to foster interactivity and engagement.
Who should attend and why?
The event is open to policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders from along the feed value chain, as well as scientists and experts in emerging risks identification, risk assessment and foresight who will be selected among the registrants.
Policymakers will have the chance to discuss with practitioners and scientific experts and gain insights on trends that can drive emerging risks and policy developments for novel feed sources and technologies in the EU circular economy.
Practitioners and stakeholders from along the feed value chain will network and exchange views with peers on their current experience, future trends, and emerging risks. They will gain insights into circular sustainability strategies, the policy context, and the implications for adapting their operations and enhancing their business performance.
Scientific emerging risks identification and risk assessment experts will experiment a new participative method to identify emerging risks. They will be exposed to the practitioners’ views on expected trends in novel technologies and feed sources in the EU’s evolving policy context and grasp insights for future risk characterisation and risk assessment. Foresight experts will have the opportunity to compare, refine and eventually harmonise methodologies.
Registrations are closed.
Do not hesitate to contact events [at] efsa.europa.eu for more information.
Detailed briefing notes to prepare for the workshop will be shared with the selected participants upon confirmation of attendance.