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Highlight event of pan-European organic farming has started in Tallinn

5. September 2017 - 9:31
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High-level presenters and nearly 200 participants involved with organic farming have gathered to Tallinn to attend the 11th European Organic Congress of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), held at Hotel Euroopa on 5.-6. September on the topic “Transforming food & farming – Making it Happen.”

Interest for organic farming is increasing in both Estonia and Europe, which is why it is important to look to the future and work towards the same aims together. This year, the main topic of the congress is the IFOAM’s vision on organic farming by the year 2030 and its implementation both on a political and a grassroot level. The aim is the even greater success of organic farming and organic food by improving existing action plans and inspiring people. This vision has three cornerstones: organic food on every table, inspire – improve – deliver, and fair play – fair pay. The working sessions of the congress are also focused on these topics with presentations on good examples from across Europe.

“Organic farming produces quality food, is economically sound, and protects the environment. Organic farming is also in line with the objectives of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. These objectives should be kept in mind when developing the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU, to make sure the full potential of organic farming could be reached,” Christopher Stopes, President of the IFOAM EU Group, said before the congress.

During the discussions held over two days, the participants will exchange ideas on future steps in securing the sustainability of organic farming and the level of cooperation needed between politicians and organic farmers. Together, the participants will try to find answers to the question of how organic farming will help the spread of sustainable food systems and choice of food and with the transparency of the food production. The new organic farming regulation of the European Union will also be under discussion.

The congress is held by the IFOAM EU Group in cooperation with the Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and the Estonian Organic Farming Foundation. The congress is held as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

You can follow the event live on the official web page of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: https://livestream.com/eu2017ee and on the Facebook page “Eesti Euroopa Liidu Nõukogu eesistumine/2017 Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.”

Background

The organic farming movement International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM (http://www.ifoam.bio) is an international umbrella organisation, uniting around 800 affiliates from more than 100 countries. IFOAM is the carrier of a global organic vision and a promoter of organic farming. The organisation has regional alliances. The IFOAM EU Group based in Europe represents 300 member organisations from EU Member States, EU accession countries and members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The IFOAM EU Group stands for the interests of the organic sector both on a political and a public level. The Estonian Organic Farming Foundation is the Estonia representative at the IFOAM EU Group board.

Additional information

Airi Vetemaa
Estonian Organic Farming Foundation
Phone: +372 522 5936
mahekongress@gmail.com

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