IFOAM EU meets business: The organic sector and companies involved in organic exchange

Brussels, Belgium
3 December 2019

At the 2nd edition of IFOAM EU meets business , almost 60 participants joined this event, aimed as a platform for exchange between the organic sector and companies involved in organic and open to the whole supply chain. Participants included organic pioneers and new entrants into the organic sector.

Sarah Compson, the chair of IFOAM EU’s Interest Group of Organic Processors (IGOP) chaired the meeting. IFOAM EU’s director Eduardo Cuoco opened the day by presenting the work of IFOAM EU and the organic movement’s vision. Sarah continued presentating the work of the IGOP, and Paul Holbeck from organic Denmark gave an inspirational overview of the organic market in Denmark and how companies contributed to its impressive development.

The new organic regulation could not be absent during such an event which is why Alexander Beck from AöL, Michel Reynaud from Ecocert and Emanuele Busacca from IFOAM EU gave an overview of the changes that the new organic regulation will introduce, in particular for international trade, certification, and processing rules.

After lunch, Marian Blom from Bionext and IFOAM EU Vice President gave a presentation about the state of play and current developments regarding findings of pesticide residues in organic products. She called on those present and active on the topic to contribute to IFOAM EU’s ‘Developing Organics: Ensuring a favourable environment for organic operators’(see footnote). Lee Holdstock from Soil Association then gave an update on Brexit and what a potential no deal would mean for companies selling in and from the UK.

Finally, participants joined one of two discussion tables, either on international trade & control and certification or on food and labelling. At both tables, participants held lively discussions with interesting interventions.

Given the continued interest by participants for an event that brings different actors around the table, IFOAM EU already looks forward to organizing the 3rd edition IFOAM EU meets business in 2020.

Last but certainly not least, IFOAM EU would like to thank Biofach for being the exclusive sponsor of IFOAM EU meets business!

Are you active on this topic and keen to contribute? Contact SupportUs [at] ifoam-eu.org for more information.
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