【DE】Looking to the future: BIOFACH Congress sheds light on scenarios and possibilities on the way to climate neutralit

What do hemp and millet have in common? Both plants celebrate a kind of renaissance due to the nutrients contained and robustness – and both are dedicated to their own lecture at the congress program of the world’s leading trade fair for organic food. Is the magic formula for resilient food production, for example, the return to tried-and-tested varieties and cultivation methods or are there trends in the organic industry that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago? In any case, the congress program allows you to look into an optimistic and climate-neutral future and gives rise to demands about what framework conditions are needed in this way.

 

 

photo: © NürnbergMesse, Erich Malter

 

 

In the seven different forums of the congress (specialist trade, politics, science, agriculture, sustainability, BIOFACH and VIVANESS), about 130 events inspire you to embark on the path to a climate-neutral world. The organic system already provides forward-looking solutions for a sustainable transformation of the food industry, which we must significantly advance in the coming years. This year’s congress motivates, inspires, thinks about the future. And addressed necessary demands specifically to politics. Because the course for a conversion of agriculture must now be set: a conversion towards more food sovereignty and away from inputs based on fossil energy. Towards more resilience, circular economy and strong regional value chains. Towards species-appropriate, area-bound animal husbandry and plant production that does not damage and pollute soil and water. We must now decisively take the tools that we already have today for an agriculture of the future into our own hands,” postulates Tina Andres, CEO BÖLW (Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft e.V.).

 

Forum Fachhandel shows current tasks of trade

The program of the Forum Fachhandel quickly shows the challenges facing trade these days. Organic has arrived in the middle of society. This is another reason why the unique selling point of the organic specialist trade is changing a lot. Now it’s time to sharpen the positioning and the range, set up communication strategies, train employees and take important steps towards digitization. The forum program provides practical suggestions for these important tasks,” Danila Brunner, Director Exhibitions BIOFACH and VIVANESS, summarizes the trade-specific contributions.

 

Tried and tested for a green future?

The program kicks off the new Forum Agriculture is made by the millet mentioned above (“Hours as an opportunity in times of climate change” on the 27th. July, at 10:00 a.m. in the Kiev D area). From cultivation, animal husbandry and slaughter, to organic certification to the topic of business succession – the newly created forum offers a comprehensive insight into the dimensions of modern organic farming.

 

The challenges on the way to 30 percent organic area by 2030 will also be examined. A clear political goal that goes hand in hand with the project of the Federal Government “Dare more future”. This topic is discussed several times in the Forum Politics. Does this require the revival of villages, strengthening regional structures or even a novel performance recording of agriculture, in which social achievements of organic farming would be rewarded? How could the latter be recorded and paid for? What effects does the new organic law have and what will the ongoing war in Ukraine still have?

 

Forum Sustainability looks ahead

If you take a look at the program of the Forum Sustainability, it continues politically demanding. Because on the way to climate neutrality in 2045, all actors still have to make great progress. The good news: There is enough inspiration for this in the forum. Whether for ecological fair play, CO2 reduction in retail, true cost accounting, humus building or climate culture – the ideas, projects and experiences of the speakers shake up and motivate transformation or the timely use of proven things such as millet and hemp.

 

The complete program can be viewed online at

 

www.biofach.de/en/biofach-kongress/program

 

www.vivaness.de/en/vivaness-congress/program

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