BioFach 2014: Organic 3.0 – Organic agriculture of tomorrow
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The focus of BioFach 2014 has been set jointly by IFOAM, the international patron of the world’s leading organic trade fair, the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW – German Federation of the Organic Food Industry), the national supporting organization, and NürnbergMesse. The core themes will be addressed at events like the opening of the fair and the Media Day, and are the main focus of attention in the congress programme. (Picture: BioFach 2013)
The foundation for organic agriculture - Organic 1.0 - was laid by organic pioneers from a variety of disciplines. In recent decades - Organic 2.0 - the industry further developed organic farming into what is seen today. This phase is characterized by practical implementation, marketing and the development of private labels and standards grounded in law. Certified organic agriculture exists today in 160 countries. Scientific research and knowledge management on the part of farmers have brought about substantial development in cultivation methods. The organic movement has created a large number of decentralized and independently operating institutions.
Stefan Zwoll, Managing Director of BÖLW: “Organic agriculture has huge development potential worldwide. Organic is the strategic pathway to sustainable agriculture. So that we can make the most of opportunities, we now have to take another step forwards to Organic 3.0. We want to see organic even more firmly rooted in civil society, politics and business. The first thing we’ve got to do is analyse the changed conditions across the world.” With its focus on Organic 3.0, BioFach 2014 concentrates attention on agriculture. The players in the industry also present their activities in the context of the UN International Year of Family Farming. Markus Arbenz, Executive Director of IFOAM, explains: “Holism, the integrity of systems and people - especially the disadvantaged people in rural communities - are at the centre of Organic 3.0. We stand for the sustainability of small-scale family farming and in this way want to tackle the global challenges of our times - particularly poverty, hunger, loss of biodiversity and climate change.”
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