Expert Panel 14

Sustainable feed for sustainable food: global solutions for climate resilience and climate change mitigation


Deutscher Verband Tiernahrung e.V.

Time: Thursday, 21. January 2021, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Languages: English, German

Experts from animal nutrition discussed global and local opportunities to reduce the ecological footprint of animal feed. Scientists from the field of animal nutrition presented current research results and possible ways of influence.

Against this background, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Windisch explained his concept of animal-based bioeconomy, highlighting the role of animals in the utilization of non-edible biomass.
Dr. Gert van Duinkerken also focused on the benefits of the circular economy. He emphasized the importance of integrated systems for a holistic approach to reduce the carbon footprint of food production and to reducere food loss and waste.
Dr. Jan Dijkstra explained approaches to reduce methane emissions from cattle and the potential therein to minimize negative climate impacts from livestock production.

Representing the European Commission, Dr. Wolfgang Trunk, DG SANTE, outlined the EU approach for a sustainable feed supply, with particular reference to the elements listed in the Farm-to-Fork Strategy. At the end of the expert panel, FEFAC President Asbjørn Børsting presented European activities on sustainability. In particular, he referenced the five ambitions of the FEFAC Sustainability Charter 2030 and their potential to support the goals of the Green Deal.


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Dr. Hermann-Josef Baaken is Managing Director of the German Feed Association (DVT) since 2013. After graduating from high school and studying agricultural sciences with focus on economics, he joined the Institute for Agricultural Business Administration at University of Bonn, which he successfully completed with his PhD in economic sciences. He began his professional career at Bayer AG in 1989. There he was responsible in various functions of corporate communications: as company spokesman for policy affairs in the animal health division and as head of Global Corporate Policy and Media relations at Bayer CropScience AG. Dr. Hermann-Josef Baaken is honorary chairman of the Board of Directors of the Theodor Brinkmann Foundation at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn. The foundation promotes the transfer between science and practice.

Panel guests

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Windisch studied agricultural sciences at the Technical University Munich, and did his doctorate and habilitation there. His research focusses on functionality of digestion and metabolism of livestock when transforming feed into food. He was professor of Animal Nutrition at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (2002 – 2010) and moved then to the professorship of Animal Nutrition at the TUM. He was member of the FEEDAP panel of the European Food Safety Authority, chairman of the German Society of Nutrition Physiology, and has been active in various other committees and societies dedicated to livestock nutrition.

Dr. Gert van Duinkerken is Business unit manager of Wageningen Livestock Research. Until 2019, he was Head of the Department Animal Nutrition. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Animal Nutrition in the Netherlands. He has been president of the Animal Nutrition Commission of the European Association of Animal Production EAAP, and member of EAAPs Scientific Committee (2013-2016). He is programme leader of the public private partnership Feed4Foodure in the Netherlands, focusing on sustainable animal nutrition.

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Dr Jan Dijkstra is associate professor at the Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands) and adjunct professor at the Department of Animal Biosciences of University of Guelph (Canada). His research has contributed to improved understanding of relationships between diet quality and enteric methane emissions, and of trade-offs between dietary changes to mitigate methane emissions and reducing nitrogen and phosphorus excretion in dairy cattle. Dr Dijkstra developed a Tier-3 method to estimate methane emissions of dairy cattle for national inventory purposes. He is editor of 4 books and published more than 260 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Current Occupation: Director for Dakofo OG Variety Denmark
2015-:  Børsen, 1217 København K.


1994-2015 DLG
1994-2012 CEO,
2012-2013 Co-ordinately. CEO
2013-15 director
1979-1994 The agricultural Board
1979-86 secretary market policy department
1986-90 Director secretary.
1990-94 CEO.

1979: Cand. Agro. (Master degree in economics)
1993: Insead, Paris. Asia- course
2008: MIT, Boston. Srategy

2017- Chairman for the National Bioeconomy Panel
2014- Member of the board in Danæg amba, Danæg Holding A/S, First Farms A/S
2013- Chairman for Crop Innovation Denmark (CID)
2013- Board member in the National Bioeconomy Panel
2010-2017 Chairman for Forum for research, Innovation and higher education (FIVU) in Danish Agriculture & Food Council
2007-2010 Chairman for Danish research policy council
2000-2007 Chairman for Agro Business Park
1997-2000 Chairman for The Danish Ministry of Food Advisory Research Committee
1994-2015 Member of the board for Sejet Plant Breeding
1988-2017 Member of the board for DLF-Trifolium A/S

03/05 onwards: European Commission, DG SANTE, policy officer in the field of feed legislation i.e. additives, dietetic feed, feed materials, emerging feed materials including insects, compound feed, medicated feed, feed in organic farming, Antimicrobial Resistance, animal nutrition and sustainability of livestock farming, including fighting food waste
09/00 – 02/05: Permanent Repesentation of Germany to the EU; attache for the Common Agricultural Policy, feed, animal welfare, veterinary dossiers (BSE, Foot and mouth Disease) and food safety
09/98 – 08/00: Federal Ministry for Agriculture; principal administrator for economic relations to American countries (mainly multi- and bilateral trade issues with Mercosur, USA and Mexico)
03/98 – 08/98: European Commission; national expert for the Common Agricultural Policy and rural development in the cabinet of Commissioner Wulf-Mathies.
07/94 – 02/98: Federal Ministry for Agriculture; administrator for economic aspects of german and EU milk production and dairy industry (market department)
10/91 – 06/94: University of Hohenheim; research on farm management and evaluation of policy options on basis of market analyses
PhD Thesis: Economic evaluation of strategies to reduce emissions of harmful gases, including green house gases, from dairy farms.
Course of studies


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