BIOFACH 2023

IFOAM Organics Europe at Biofach 2023

14 Feb
— 17 Feb
14 Feb
— 17 Feb

On 14-17 February 2023, the organic world will meet again in Nuremberg, Germany at the BIOFACH/VIVANESS – World´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, to discuss relevant topics, engage with field experts, and learn about the recent policy developments. At the fair, organic operators from across the supply chain, organic association representatives and decision makers and many more meet, exchange and learn.

We invite trade fair participants to come and see us at booth 517 in Hall 3A.  IFOAM Organics Europe will also contribute to BIOFACH’s congress programme with several sessions that will zoom in on policy, regulation and research. Below you will find the IFOAM Organic Europe & IFOAM Organics International programme of the trade fair. To learn more about the 2023 edition of BIOFACH and explore the full programme, you can visit the BIOFACH website.

Programme

14 Feb
12:15
13:00
European organic market developments (analyses) *
The session will analyze and discuss the latest development of the organic market sector. This session will investigate challenges and opportunities for the organic sector to support consumption of organic food and products. The session will focus on Italian and German markets and include the experience of France, through the intervention of speakers from Federbio, Naturland and Agence Bio.

Speakers:
Marco Santori - Member of the Director committee/representant, AssoBio/Alce Nero
Laure Verdau - Director, Agence Bio

Moderator: Eduardo Cuoco - Director, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: Istanbul room
15:30
16:15
Regulatory Frameworks for new types of genetic engineering in agriculture within and beyond the EU – A Cautionary Tale
Regulatory frameworks for the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture vary widely depending on national contexts – so this session draws crucial lessons learnt from Canada to feed into the debate in Europe.

Speakers;
Jan Plagge - President, IFOAM Organics Europe
Tia Loftsgard - Executive Director, Canada Organic Trade Association

Moderator: Eric Gall - Deputy Director, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: Kiew room
16:30
18:00
IFOAM Organics Europe Policy Day: Policy support for organic market development in times of crisis
Which policy tools and upcoming EU legislations can increase the demand for organic products and influence consumers behaviour? From a proper implementation of the EU Organic Action plan to organic in public procurement and new food labelling systems, this policy day will explore political solutions to support the organic market in a challenging economic context.

Speakers:
Silvia Bender - State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
Elena Panichi - Head of Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission
Jan Plagge - President, IFOAM Organics Europe
Sybille Kyed - Head of Farm and Food Policy, Organic Denmark
Nic Lampkin - Researcher, Thünen Institute

Moderator: Eduardo Cuoco - Director, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: Shanghai room
18:00
19:00
BEING ORGANIC in EU project networking reception *
Following IFOAM Organics Europe's Policy Day event, BEING ORGANIC in EU project invites you to a networking reception to taste organic food and drinks. The project coordinators from Federbio and Naturland will present the project goals and activities, and it will be an occasion to network and exchange knowledge with the European and national policymakers, as well as to promote the new programme on promotional campaigns.

Location: Event room next to room Shanghai
15 Feb
10:00
11:00
The carbon conundrum – the importance of looking beyond single-issue solutions
In response to the urgent need to mitigate climate change, carbon has become a key focus - with policymakers, brands and consumers all looking to the food and farming sector to prove their positive credentials. This session will provide an update on the latest legislative developments. We’ll also hear why it’s important to go beyond carbon and learn from initiatives taking a holistic approach.

Speakers:
Sigrid Griese - Project Manager, Bioland e. V.
Prof. Dr. Knut Schmidtke - Director of Research, Extension and Innovation, FiBL Deutschland e.V.
Hanna Winkler - Policy Officer on Climate Change and Biodiversity, IFOAM Organics Europe
Steven IJzerman - Quality Manager, UDEA

Moderator: Sarah Compson - Associate Director, Standards Innovation, Soil Association

Location: Shanghai Room
15:30
16:15
New EU Seed Marketing Rules - What's at stake for organic?
2023 will be an important year for seeds, with the Commission's proposal for new seed marketing rules on the table of policymakers in Europe. We would like to give the audience an overview of what is at stake with new legislation and what kind of changes (organic) seed breeders and producers could expect with new legislation on the horizon.

Speakers:
Gebhard Rossmanith - Consultant, Consulting agency for organic seeds and breeding
Werner Vogt-Kaute - Project Management, International Development, Naturland e.V.
Barbara Maria Rudolf - Director, Saat:gut e.V

Moderator: Eric Gall - Deputy Director, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: Oslo room
16 Feb
10:00
12:30
TP Organics' Science Day: Sustainable organic food innovation labs
The session will put the spotlight on sustainable organic food innovation labs, which play a crucial role in finding smart solutions for challenges within organic value chains, for example producer cooperative to develop local organic food markets. The inspiring presentations will be followed by a brainstorming workshop with the participants and a panel debate with the European Commission.

Speakers:
Kerstin Rosenow - Head of Unit, Research and Innovation, DG AGRI, European Commission
Iyad Abu Awad - General Manager, Good Food Mood Co.
Prof. Dr. Katrin Zander - Head of Agricultural and Food Marketing, University of Kassel
Ivana Cavoski - Senior Researcher, Lecturer & Analyst, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM Bari)
Marie Populus - Founder & Sourcing & Sustainability Team Coordinator, SuperCoop Berlin
Nikola Hassan - Project Management Jülich, FOODPathS project & SCAR Food Systems preparing the Sustainable Food Systems Partnership

Moderator: Eduardo Cuoco - Director / Head of Secretariat, IFOAM Organics Europe / TP Organics

Location: Oslo room
14:00
14:45
Part 2: Sustainability labelling & the Planet-score: what is at stake? *
Sustainability labelling will be high on EU policymakers’ agenda in the years to come, but the methodology that is currently considered by the European Commission favors intensive production instead of supporting a transition towards sustainable food systems. What does this mean for organic and beyond? And which methodology does the organic sector propose instead?

Speakers:
Judith Faller-Moog - President, BioPlanet
Sabine Bonnot - President, ITAB

Moderator: Eric Gall - Deputy Director, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: Shanghai room
16:15
17:15
The New EU Organic Regulation: the first year of experience
A presentation from policy-makers and experts on the main challenges and opportunities of the new EU Organic Regulation after one year of implementation.

Speakers:
Elena Panichi - Head of Unit, DG AGRI, European Commission
Marian Blom - Vice-President / Project Leader, IFOAM Organics Europe/ Bionext
Michel Reynaud - Vice-President, ECOCERT SA

Moderator: Emanuele Busacca - Regulation Manager, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: St Petersburg room
16:30
18:00
Organic aquaculture- the European market perspective!
EU organic aquaculture production has grown by 60% between 2015 and 2020 (74.032 t or 6.4% of the total production). The EU’s “Farm to Fork” strategy aims at further expansion of the organic aquaculture sector. How realistic are these expectations in the current market and regulatory environment? How can a growth be achieved in line with organic principles? The session will also look into organic aquaculture in Third Countries and their relevance for the EU market.

Speakers:
Christopher Atkinson - Chair IFOAM Aquaculture Group, Soil Association
Lucas Herry - Market Analyst, European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA)
Patrizia Pitton, DG AGRI, European Commission
Annabel Schuhn - Team leader aquaculture & fisheries, Naturland e.V.

Moderator: Udo Censkowsky, Bluesensus

Location: Seoul room
17 Feb
11:15
12:15
The Future of Organic Certification
Exchange with experts on the future possibilities of certifying organic products in 5-10 year time from now.

Speakers:
Jan Wicher Krol - Policy Advisor, SKAL Bio Controle
Marian Blom - Vice-President / Project Leader, IFOAM Organics Europe/ Bionext
Michel Reynaud - Vice-President, ECOCERT SA

Moderator: Emanuele Busacca - Regulation Manager, IFOAM Organics Europe

Location: Kiew room
 
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