Langenburg Forum 2013
On May 27th, 2013 the Langenburg Forum “Towards Sustainable Regional Food Systems” took place at the Langenburg Castle. During the conference international experts discussed sustainable regional agriculture and food systems.
In three rounds of discussions representatives from all areas of the food sector, among them, farmers, manufacturers, food retailers, environmental and consumer protection groups, food security experts, as well as political representatives, came together to discuss the development of sustainable regional agricultural and food production systems. At the centre of the discussion was the optimisation of local and regional food systems, the maintenance of jobs in rural areas as well as strengthening small scale farming structures.
International examples from the flagship region Hohenlohe, showed how successful initiatives and new information and communications technologies have already led to the spread of local, sustainable food production and restocking of local supply chains.
13:00 WELCOME ADDRESS: Justin Mundy and Joschka Fischer
13:10 Session one: “Rationale for action”
VIDEO ADDRESS: Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
KEYNOTE: Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, Chairmann, Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft e.V.
Prof. Dr. Claus Hipp, CEO of HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG
Rasmus Kjeldahl, Director of The Danish Consumer Council
Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Alina Stephania Ujupan, Cabinet Member of Dacian Ciolos
15:00 Session two: “Obstacles to change”
KEYNOTE: Gareth Ackerman, Chairman, Pick n Pay
Merlin Koene, Director Communications D/CH/A, Unilever
Ursula Hudson, President, Slow Food Germany e.V.
Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, Chairmann, Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft e.V.
Gareth Ackerman, Chairman, Pick n Pay
16:30 Session three: “Opportunities”
ADDRESS by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
KEYNOTE: Alexander Bonde, Minister of Rural Development and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg
KEYNOTE: Alain Caparros, Chief Executive Officer, REWE Group
PRESENTATION: Ed Dowding, Founder, foodtrade.com
PRESENTATION: Witzigmann Symposium: How canteen catering can change the world, a student´s project supported by the BMW group and the German Institute of Food Culture
Rudolf Bühler, Chairman, Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall AG
Ed Dowding Founder, foodtrade.com
Guido Siebenmorgen, Head of Strategic Purchasing Food 2, REWE Group
Dr. Alexander Wirsig, Executive Director, Marketinggesellschaft für Agrar- und Forstprodukte aus Baden-Württemberg mbH
18:10 Summing up: Joschka Fischer/ Justin Mundy
18:30 Welcome Address at Reception: Philipp Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
20:00 HIGH LEVEL PRIVATE DINNER WITH His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales