EOC 2019: Let's talk about innovation and technology
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Agenda of the European Organic Congress 2019
The first day of the congress will put the spotlight on improving agricultural policies. In the opening plenary, a high-level policy panel will discuss the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). They will address specific questions like, does the CAP’s new Green Architecture work for the benefit of farmers, consumers and rural communities? How can organic farmers contribute towards CAP objectives under the policy’s New Delivery Model? Can Europe do more with less budget to support its farmers and what can be done about it? National ministries, European Commission officials, representatives of civil society and farmers will give their input.
The possibility of a new European organic action plan for 2020-2027 will also be on the agenda. National and regional policy-makers will explore how it could contribute to the priorities of the next Commission. They will also look into the linkages needed between the EU, the national, the regional and the city level to make such action plan easily implementable and efficient. Moreover, they will explore how a European organic action plan can be forward-looking for developing organics in Europe and making the most of the benefits of organic farming for the environment and fairer food systems.
The second day of the conference will focus on innovation and technology by organic, for organic. Interactive parallel sessions will explore what organic can gain by using emerging technologies. The participants of the congress will exchange about the technological revolution that is unfolding before our eyes. The workshops focus on big data, the risks and costs and benefits of the Internet of Things, and innovation in organic in Romania. The session about innovation in organic in Romania will be held in two languages.
In the afternoon, organic practitioners from across the value chain will explore the opportunities of digital technologies for the organic sector.
Innovation is a creative, often bottom-up process that involves a much wider range of interventions than simply the use of new technologies. Register now to be part of the discussion on how to strengthen innovation throughout the organic value chain.
The IFOAM Congress in the Netherlands discussed about digitization and the future of the organic sector. The German Organic Entrepreneurs Association AÖL anticipates major transformation processes in retail.
The 5th Organic Processing Conference in Zwolle/Netherlands on 16th and 17th January 2018 will have the theme "Improving Organics: Making It Happen – Digital opportunities for organic processors ."
IFOAM EU members and guests from the organic industry as well as policymakers met for the 11th European Organic Congress (EOC) in the Estonian capital Tallinn from 5 - 6 September. The main topics of the first day were the Common European Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the possibilities to implement the ambitious goal of IFOAM EU to reach 50% European agricultural land managed according to organic principles by 2030.