After a very successful inaugural event last year the IFOAM EU Group organised its 2nd Conference on organic food processing in co-operation with AoeL and FiBL Germany. The conference was held between November 26 and 27, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. During the first conference participants discussed the current state of play and the development of organic processing rules and practices, with a specific focus on the sector’s environmental performance. This year’s conference aimed to build on the result of last year conference with an emphasis on sustainability, the integrity of organic processing sector and quality of organic processed food.
This conference was a forum for experts, practitioners and producers, certifiers, scientist, organic businesses, other stakeholders and representatives of national and EU institutions to exchange ideas and concepts.
Workshops allowed delegates to discuss and share insights with Commission officials about the important contribution of organic food and farming to EU policy goals. The first workshop considered the development of environmental performance in organic processing and trade sector and the role of organic farming in Sustainable Food Consumption and Production. The second workshop focused on the integrity and the credibility of the organic sector and looked at the review of the EU Organic Regulation. Finally the third workshop focused on the improvement of EU and private rules which ensure the high quality of organic processed food and looked at the need for harmonised interpretation and further development of these rules.
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This conference is co-financed by the German Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) under the federal program organic agriculture and other forms of sustainable farming.
The IFOAM EU Group acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment. The sole responsibility lies with the IFOAM EU Group, and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided by IFOAM EU Group.