Again, the world organic trade fair BioFach in Nuremberg, February
16-19, kept to its slogan ‘Where organic people meet’. Among the more
than 2500 exhibitors and more than 44 500 visitors under the patronage
of IFOAM, the team members of IFOAM EU could fully benefit from the
presence of an abundance of organic stakeholders and key people. One
way of reaching out to the visitors of the fair was by holding a
number of workshops (for the IFOAM EU presentations click here) on
the main working fields of IFOAM EU Group, ranging fromthe EU
regulation for organic food and farming to European GMO policies,
aquaculture, CAP and EU research needs in organic food and farming.
IFOAM EU used BioFach to strengthen the bonds between the organic
sector and high level European policy makers: The IFOAM EU reception with
the Hungarian Secretary of State for Rural Development from the
Acting EU Council presidency, Jozsef Angyan, and the Head of Unit of organic
farming from DG Agriculture from the European Commission,
Jean-Francois Hulot, was well attended and drew the attention to the
latest developments of EU policies in the context of organics
well as to the 5th European Organic Congress.
An exclusive insight
into organic food and farming was provided to Jean-Francois Hulot and
Alina Ujupan, Member of the Cabinet of Agriculture Commissioner
Ciolos: Marco Schlüter, director of IFOAM EU Group took them on a
guided tourthrough BioFach, visiting the booths and learning from
various member organisations of IFOAM EU.
The IFOAM EU corner at the
IFOAM booth was always tended to by one of the IFOAM EU team members,
answering to questions of BioFach visitors and handing out IFOAM EU
publications. Also the various meetings with members and
supporters of IFOAM EU were enriching and these personal encounters
contributing to solidifying our working base.
Click here for the IFOAM EU presentations click here