"It’s hard not to start with how the whole industry has responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the heroic efforts of everyone in the feed industry we have played our part in ensuring that a health emergency was not made even worse by a food crisis. Critics have made a career out of telling everyone that the food system in Europe is either broken or fragile. But when faced by the biggest challenge for many generations, the feed and food supply industry proved to be remarkable resilient. FEFAC played its role through regular dialogue with the European Commission particularly in ensuring continuity of raw material supplies across borders.
More broadly, sustainability is now even higher on the agenda than it was 3 years ago. In September FEFAC will launch a Sustainability Charter to be signed by all Member Associations. The Responsible Soy declaration, which was launched last year, commits companies to source 100% responsible soy by 2025 and has now been signed by over 250 organisations.
I hope I have helped to raise the industry’s profile with the European Commission and other stakeholders by setting out how the feed industry can help meet the great challenges of our time such as climate change."