Press releases about BIOFACH

July 2016

BIOFACH 2017: Diversity and responsibility for our one world

  • Diversity and responsibility the main congress focal point
  • Industry principles: health, ecology, justice and care
  • The organic industry offers solutions to the climate crisis, world hunger and resource destruction
Every year, the players of the organic world visit Germany and meet in Nuremberg at BIOFACH, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. The exhibition next takes place from 15 to 18 February 2017 and the industry’s players will be focusing on organic solutions for the future from global and local perspectives in a variety of ways.In 2017, the organic sector will be presented as a holistic social approach to development, with diversity and responsibility the main theme of the BIOFACH Congress. BIOFACH’s international patron, IFOAM – Organics International, and national supporting organisation, the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry (BÖLW) are joining forces with the trade fair to highlight this area.

What unites the organic industry: principles, diversity and sustainability

The common understanding permeating the global organic movement, which transcends national, language, religious and cultural boundaries, is based on four common principles: the principles of health, ecology, fairness and care. Using various, locally adapted methods, organic players are creating a sustainable food and farming industry that works in harmony with ground, water and the climate, thinks in cycles and enhances the life chances of current and future generations. One common aspect that connects the organic movement is its diversity. Ecological management means working within the limits of the Earth’s strain systems – regardless of where land is being farmed and food is being produced on the planet. Organic producers employ a wide range of methods depending on their location, agricultural background, the financial strength of local players and the local infrastructure. Innovation in all areas is particularly important here, and for that reason, organic practitioners are constantly seeking to improve their knowledge system. Players put ecological management right at the top of the social and political agendas and are showing very clearly in every region of the world how a sustainable farming industry can work. The organic industry has set out its visions and strategies under the heading of Organic 3.0 over the last three years. The first time Organic 3.0 was a main theme at the congress at BIOFACH 2014.

What makes the organic industry current: its ecological management approach offers solutions to the climate crisis, world hunger and resource destruction

The nations represented by actors at BIOFACH in Nuremberg, including Germany, are demonstrating how their approaches to development can be used to overcome pressing challenges – both within and outside the organic sector. Organic players are already debating what should be on the agenda of agricultural, food and trade policies, as well as what should be covered at regular inter-company round-table discussions. Examples include how international trade can guarantee fairness, how value can be created along the whole of the value chain, how politics needs to create the right basic economic conditions, how costs to the environment are being borne by those causing them, which innovations will take us forward, how future generations can be involved and how farming and food industry systems really can be made sustainable. At BIOFACH 2017, global organic players will present revolutionary examples of a food industry that works in harmony with resources and the global climate and is forward-looking for all people and future generations thanks to continuous innovation and responsibility. Examples that decision makers from institutions and also advisors in international cooperation can take away with them.

Political and social responsibility and diversity in every facet

The main theme of the congress at BIOFACH 2017 will see responsibility and diversity looked at from a wide range of angles. These will include political responsibility for the development of organic agriculture, development cooperation, fair market access with regard to free trade agreements and for a sustainable economy. Social responsibility will be discussed with regard to economic participation and continuity. When diversity is being discussed, the primary focus will be ecological responsibility. The main topics here will be diversity through the prevention of power concentration and resilience through diversity or diversity as a basis for research and development with the aim being a resilient and robust food and farming industry

About BIOFACH World:

NürnbergMesse has proven expertise in the area of organic food. The international organic industry meets every year in Nuremberg at BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. BIOFACH World is represented across the globe by five other BIOFACH events in Japan, the United States, South America, China and India, and brings over 3,000 exhibitors and 100,000 trade visitors together year after year.

BÖLW contact for the press and media

Joyce Moewius
Tel+49 (0) 30. 28 482-307
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IFOAM contacts for the press and media
Denise Godinho