This year, the future Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US and sustainable food production were discussed.
n March 2008, the European Landowners' Organization (ELO) and Syngenta came together to create a new Forum in which the future of agriculture could be debated from a European perspective and where the main challenges of the sector could be addressed and the necessary responses understood, discussed and agreed.
The Forum currently has a programme of activity focused on the food and environmental security agenda, across the European region. However, the main platform for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture remains its annual conference which takes place every spring in Brussels. This Conference has now established itself as the premier meeting place for those who have a stake in the future of agriculture and has been addressed by European Commissioners, MEPs, National Government Ministers, Industry Leaders, NGOs, International Organisations, including OECD and FAO, and academics.
The purpose of these Forums is to stimulate open discussions on the future of European and world agriculture, and assess what should and what can be achieved over time, attaching equal weight to two challenges: food security and environmental security.