The Federation at the Biofach 2023
The Federation will be present again at the upcoming Biofach – the Worlds leading trade fair for organic food – from February 14 to 17 in Nürnberg, Germany. A great opportunity to exchange and engage with the various actors from the organic sector. You can find us at booth 411 in hall 7, don’t hesitate to stop by and pay us a visit!
After a successful session on on-farm slaugther at the Biofach Summer edition, the Federation is contributing to the Biofach Congress with two sessions this year.
The first one will focus on livestock farming, and will aim to show how livestock farming can be a solution for sustainable agriculture and climate protection. While cows are often seen as ‘climate killers’ due to the high methane emissions pthey produce, we will explain how cattle farming can actually have a positive climate impact if managed appropriately. Dr. Anita Idel, veterinarian and mediator, long-term expert of the subject, will present her latest findings and studies. Along with this scientific perspective, we will also share some best practice examples: Birger Paulsen, advisor and consultant at Triebwerk Landwirtschaft, will introduce a regenerative pasture concept he developed for cattle farming. You are welcome to join the session on February 16 from 1 to 1.45 pm CET (NCC Ost, Room Oslo).
For the second session, the Federation will present, together with Regional Wert AG and Regional Wert Impuls, a performance calculator tool used to make the sustainability performance of farms visible. Farms that have made their sustainable performance visible and monetised it using the performance calculator will share their results. Christoph Simpfendörfer, our secretary general, will also present the outcomes of the pilot projects carried out in Spain, Latin America and Egypt. The session will take place on February 16 from 3.45 to 4.30 pm CET (NCC Ost, Room Istanbul).
Biodiversity & Sampling strategies
Christoph Simpfendörfer will participate in a session on ‘Integrating Biodiversity in Food Value Chains’ happening on February 14, from 5.15 to 6 pm CET (NCC Ost, Room Oslo). The session will focus on how to integrate biodiversity successfully into food value chains within the framework of the EU ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy. The question of balancing efforts taken by the farmers to include biodiversity on farm and beyond will be discussed.
The Federation will also be represented in a discussion on ‘Better sampling strategies’ on February 16 from 1.45 to 2.30 pm CET (NCC Ost, Room Seoul). Pesticide residue testing has become one of the most important tools for organic quality assurance. Often, however, this tool is poorly handled and the definition of ‘organic’ tends to be reduced to ‘residue free’. The session will address better sampling strategies, to make testing a useful tool of organic compliance assessment. Albrecht Benzing, Quality Manager of the Federation, will contribute to the discussion and share his long-term experience in certification.
Contact: Clara Behr, Head of Policy and Public Relations