SusAn’s Common Strategic Research and Innovation (R&I) Agenda has the aim to contribute to the transformation of livestock production within the European agri-food system. The term “transformation” here means change that is fundamental, i.e. more radical than that brought about by “business as usual”. For the livestock sector, this means that, despite the zootechnical progress made during the past decades, continued progress in agricultural sciences alone will most likely not be sufficient. In addition, political and socio-economic considerations can be expected to provide significant contributions to more sustainable production and consumption.
Livestock production is a highly political issue and the scientific community does not have any political mandate. However, the field of agricultural sciences can be used to inform and to support political decision making.