Being transparent about the various aspects of food production is important. Code-EFABAR aims to contribute to a responsible and transparent breeding and reproduction process.
Being transparent about food production is increasingly important for EU society. As fewer people produce our food, the many people consuming it have become distant from the origins of their food production. Yet, consumers deserve honest information about how their food is produced.
How their values and needs are being taken into account is a key concern.
Animal breeders and farmers must take care to develop and keep their animals in a professional responsible caring way. Ideally achieving a 100% match between the perception of animal breeding and animal production in society, and farming and breeding reality. When food is produced in a responsible way, consumers deserve to feel good about it.
Code-EFABAR® aims to contribute to increased transparency in the food production chain, building understanding and the dialogue that is part of this process.
In a society increasingly interested in the ethics of animal management and in the use of natural resources, it is important that animal breeders show responsibility for their part of the animal production chain.
Farm animal breeders stand at the beginning of the food chain. They have a direct responsibility to provide sustainable and healthy livestock for farmers. Breeders have to balance the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, including customers, policy-makers, politicians, consumers and wider society in the development of their breeding animals. This is a continuous process of consultation and adaptation and improvement with research, development, breeding programme, and multiplication towards the farmers.
Code-EFABAR is designed to provide breeding organisations with a practical guide to help achieve sustainable and balanced farm animal breeding whilst delivering improved transparency for wider society.
"Sustainability is a fundamental at Hendrix Genetics. It forms one of the company’s four key strategic pillars, because the company has recognized for a long time that there is far more than efficiency to consider in producing food. Responsible breeding has a key role to play in the sustainability of the animal production. Therefore, the adoption of Code EFABAR is essential for Hendrix Genetics. What we do today has an impact on the future. At Hendrix Genetics we strive for ‘Better Breeding Today. Brighter Life Tomorrow."
Pieter van As, Hendrix Genetics