Programme Highlights

Meat trade in a geopolitical perspective

The position of meat and its carbon footprint in the climate debate

The changing political landscape for meat production and consumption

Recent times have been quite distressing for economies and citizens all over the world. A global pandemic with an enormous impact on economies, markets and supply chains. Regional wars impacting large parts of the world with extreme production costs and inflation. An viral disease hitting pork production and pork trade in major regions. How is all this impacting food production in general and meat production in particular? And what is the consequence of the various appeals for food security and food autonomy? Experts from various parts of the world are asked to present their view on these geopolitical developments.

The climate debate is the driver for many policies and consumption incentives. The meat sector has to play its own role in this process. But what role? What action is required, which reaction is possible? How to use the carbon footprint as a driver for mitigating the climate impact and for providing the consumer the right choice? At the WMC2023 Congress positions of NGO’s and initiatives of industry will be shared.

In a changing world, the future of the meat industry globally is largely depending on the policies developed in reaction to these changes. This Congress, organized at the heart of Europe’s meat production, will bring together leading European policy makers that are defining the political landscape for the production and consumption of meat. What does this landscape look like? And what impact could this have on the rest of the world?

The challenge of valorising high animal welfare standards

Big data and animal stewardship


Animal welfare has become an uncompromised factor within the meat value chain. Respectful treatment of animals is a prerequisite for a meat production that is acceptable for societies and consumers all over the world. The challenge for the meat value chain is to address this appeal from society and  make this an asset vis-à-vis the consumer. NGO’s and industry will share examples of constructive cooperation in the market.

Big data and data collection has become in many industries an essential tool to improve operations within the supply chain, gain efficiency, mitigate risks and optimize costs and increase profits. This becomes also essential for the meat supply chain. At the WMC2023 the relationship between data collection and animal stewardship will be discussed from a scientific and operational point of view.

Other themes that will be presented at the WMC2023 in Maastricht will be the global animal health situation, labor shortage and process automation, food consumer trends and the diversification of the meat market as well as the development of lab grown meat.