Review of events
Ensuring organic’s high standards on piglet castration at EU level
IFOAM EU Policy Coordinator Isabella Lang participated in the European expert group on pig castration. The group is a voluntary sub-group within the European Animal Welfare taskforce hosted by the European Commission’s The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE).
IFOAM EU’s members can read more information about the meeting on the IFOAM EU member extranet.
For more information about membership, contact IFOAMEU_membership [at] ifoam-eu.org (IFOAMEU_membership [at] ifoam-eu.org). For more information about IFOAM EU’s work on animal welfare, contact isabella.lang [at] ifoam-eu.org (isabella.lang [at] ifoam-eu.org).
Representing the organic movement at “Crop Protection: Education of the Future Generation” - IUPAC Congress
19-24 May 2019
Moderator Femi Oke welcomes Econopolis Senior analyst Danny Van Quaethem, Corteva Executive Vice President Rajan Gajaria, IFOAM EU Director Eduardo Cuoco and CEJA Director Jannes Maes to the stage of the IUPAC Congress.
The theme of the 14th IUPAC Congress on Crop Protection was: "Crop Protection: Education of the Future Generation". It gathered 1500 participants engaged in crop protection, from synthetic pesticides to biological pest control, from all over the world.
IFOAM EU Director Eduardo Cuoco was invited to join the panel discussion "Farming in 10, 20 and 30 years". On Tuesday 21 May he shared the vision of the organic movement for the future of agriculture and crop production. Eduardo stressed that we need a transition guided by organic principles towards a more sustainable agri-food system that is able to address socio-economic and environmental challenges. In 30 years, 50% of agricultural land will be organic instead of the 7% we have now. A crucial element is to reward practices that deliver public goods and make polluters pay for the cost of externalities that society bears. The ideal way to do this is incorporating true cost accounting into the economics of farming. Organic is the most promising option for the future of farming. It is a model for sustainable farming and food systems that supports a culture of innovation based on holistic principles leading to more resilient and productive farming systems, greater biodiversity, better food quality, more appropriate processing and fairer supply chains.
Agricultural projects learn from each other at the FarmDemo
22 May 2019
Farmers, advisers, companies, researchers and policy-makers discuss how to support demo activities at FarmDemo conference in Brussels.
Farmers, advisors, researchers and policy-makers exchanged on the benefits of peer-to-peer learning through demonstration activities at the FarmDemo Conference. Participants had a chance to discuss and learn how to design better on-farm demonstrations and increase their impact. The tools and the findings of the three projects behind the FarmDemo platform – Plaid, NEFERTITI and AgriDemo – were shared and are also available online. Among them, a newly published Design Guide for on-farm demonstrations and a database where you can find a demo farm in your region or display your own farm. Follow the NEFERTITI project if you want to attend a farm demo campaign on organic arable or livestock topic.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement NEFERTITI (No 772705).