Biodiversity Conference - Hosted by the Intergroup "Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside"
Biodiversity Friendly Farming: Is Organic the Future?
The organic sector in the EU has been rapidly developing during the past years but the whole organic area represents only 6.2 % of total EU-28 UAA in 2015. The organic agriculture corresponds more and more to consumer expectation towards healthier and greener products and the recent reform of the legislation at the European level shows also the interest from policy makers to reinforce and make the certification system more efficient. There is a common thinking that organic farming practices, which exclude the use of most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, may be beneficial for biodiversity. The conference intends to reflect on the interaction between the type of farming and the preservation of biodiversity. What is the relationship between farming methods and the impact on the natural resources? How much the organic agriculture is contributing to biodiversity enhancement? What are the limits and what would be the contribution of the conventional farming?
10h00 Opening Speech and Chair
- Karl-Heinz FLORENZ, MEP & President of the Intergroup Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside
- PhD Beate STRANDBERG, Senior scientist, ICROFS - International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems, “Organic farming and biodiversity"
10h30-11h30 Panel Discussions
- Claudia OLAZABAL, Head of Unit Natural Capital– Land use and Management , DG ENV, European Commission
- Stephen MEREDITH, Deputy Policy Manager, IFOAM EU
- Martijn BUIJSSE, Policy Officer, EISA-“Developing, Demonstrating & Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in the EU”
- Zeno PIATTI, Austrian Organic Farmer, Land & Forst Betriebe Osterreich- “Environmental Impacts of Organic Farming - A Farm Perspective”
11h30-12h00 Questions and Answers
12h30 Belleuropa Ceremony
13h00-14h00 Networking Lunch
Cheap Prices, High Standards: Is it Possible?
European consumers wish to have the best of both worlds; the highest standards in quality, taste, safety and welfare standards, but against the lowest possible prices. In order to achieve these high demands, land managers must constantly innovate their production and environmental protection models, but can this be done against the backdrop of very low prices at the farm gate, or must consumers make a choice between price and quality? What new technologies exist to bridge the gap, and how to farmers get the best access? During the ELO's Innovation Conference, we will ask producers about the expectations of their consumers, and question consumers about their desires.