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Linked and ecological schemes can increase protein feed in the EU

Published May 28, 2024

Tridge summary

The European Commission has published forecasts indicating stable feed demand and a rise in EU self-sufficiency for all protein sources to 75% by 2023/2024. The EU is already self-sufficient in roughage and leads in feed protein use, but reliance on imports for oilseed meals persists. To enhance strategic autonomy and sustainability, the Commission is backing plant protein production, with an increase in the assisted area for pulses and protein crops under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). A study by the Commission suggests that economic factors, contractual arrangements, and availability of suitable land contribute to farmers' choices. It recommends a combination of strategies to reduce import dependence, including more grass-derived protein in ruminant diets and research on efficient plant varieties, and calls for temporary increased coupled income support under the CAP for plant protein cultivation.
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The European Commission publishes its latest forecasts on the production, trade and domestic use of a wide range of feed protein sources in the EU. It points out that reducing dependence on feed imports can contribute to the EU's strategic autonomy and ensure a more resilient and autonomous EU food system while improving sustainability. Based on available data for 2023/2024, feed demand is seen to remain stable at 71 million tonnes of crude protein compared to the previous marketing season. EU self-sufficiency for all protein sources is expected to rise to 75%. The EU is still fully self-sufficient in roughage and is still the main source of feed protein, accounting for 41% of total EU feed use. The share of all oilseed meal accounts for 27% of total EU feed protein use and the share of cereals represents 21%. However, when it comes to oilseed meals, the EU only produces 27% of the quantities it needs to feed its livestock sector. The EU's dependence on imports of protein products ...
Source: Agrotypos
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