20 years anniversary
Celebrating 20 years of making Europe more organic at the heart of the EU
Last year, the European organic movement celebrated its 20th anniversary. Together with IFOAM – Organics International’s 50th and IFOAM Asia’s 10th anniversary, 2022 marked the Year of Organics.
Following the recognition of organic as a political tool and part of the solution to current societal challenges – foremost the climate and biodiversity crises – the Year of Organics comes at the perfect time. Now more than ever we need to stay together and emphasize the critical contribution organic can make to transforming our food and farming systems, a change that is urgently needed.
We thank you for your help in spreading the word about the benefits of organic by using the official Year of Organics toolkit, curating free-to-use visuals and messages you can download directly to your device!
Thanks to the tireless effort of organic farmers, processors, retailers, certifiers and other organic stakeholders, the organic sector has grown exceptionally over the past decades. This is testament to producers, consumers and policy-makers alike understanding and appreciating the environmental and societal benefits of organic food and farming.
As the European organic movement, we would like to take our 20th anniversary and the Year of Organics as an opportunity to thank our network across Europe, staff, supporters, decision-makers and like-minded organisations for contributing to making our Vision 2030 a reality. Together, let’s look back at our past achievements and challenges lying ahead to build a European food and farming system that promotes Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care and protects people and the planet.
We have organised a range of celebratory activities across Europe throughout 2022 to celebrate organic. Below a quick overview!
- 31 Aug-2 Sep: Organics Europe Youth Event, Frick, CH (#OEYE2022)
- 11-12 Oct: Organic Innovation Days, Brussels, BE (#OID2022)
- 30 November: IFOAM Organics Europe Meets Business (#IFOAMOEMeetsBusiness2022)
Have a look at some of our highlights of the past years. Among others, we sucessfully organised several European Organic Congresses, participated in the first digital edition of BIOFACH, set out our demands for the new EU Organic Action Plan to further develop organic farming and celebrated organic all over Europe!
On 11 May 2022, we celebrated our anniversary in Brussels!
If you could not be there, you can relive the first half of our celebratory year by going through our Twitter moments, reading our event’s Twitter thread, perusing our photo album on Facebook, checking out the carousel below and watching the video recording.
Once again, we would like to show our gratitude to those who made it possible, and we are looking forward to continuing the celebration throughout the rest of the year and achieving incredible results all together. We are glad many stakeholders and policymakers now share our 2030 vision of more organic land in Europe. It’s a key success of our movement.