Round Table 2014
In order to drive the debate about the importance of organic agriculture forward, more than 30 high-level experts met on October 20th, 2014 for the discussion “The Future of Organic – Process, Quality and Transparency” at the Langenburg Castle’s round table.
Animated by discussion ideas from Martin Häusling, who acted as Rapporteur for the European Parliament’s report to renew the EU-Organic Regulation, and other experts from the Consumer Protection Association, HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG, REWE Group and the Association of Ecological Food Producers, discussants sought to answer how the goal of a broad-based, high-quality and ecologically valuable organic-agriculture sector can further be supported in Germany.
Even if the organic sector has achieved more than was hoped for 25 years ago, the discussion made clear that many challenges still exist for which the organic-farming sector can provide realistic solutions. The positive benefits for soil, water, air, and biodiversity can be factored into the draft of the agricultural-regulation much more heavily.
10:30 am Round Table
Impulse: European Outlook on the Future of Ecological Farming.
Martin Häusling, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur of the Amendment to the EU Organic-Regulation
Impulse: Progress Report from an Organic Processor: Limit Values and Process Control in Practice.
Johannes Doms, Member of the Executive Management, HiPP Baby Food
12:30 pm Lunch Break and – on Interest – Short Castle Tour
1:00 pm Resumption of the Roundtable
Impulse: Politics for Consumers – Environmental Protection, Limit Values and Transparency.
Ingmar Streese, Director, The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv)
Impulse: Taking Organic out of its Niche – When Costumers Respond.
Dirk Heim, Director, Organic Division, REWE Markt GmbH
Impulse: Organic – Market Development and Perspectives
Dr. Alexander Beck, CEO, Association of Ecological Food Producers
3:30 pm Close of the Conference