Green Week 2018: Organic is as popular as ever
According to the Ecological Food Industry Federation (BÖLW), in 2016 more farmers in Germany than ever before switched to organic cultivation. Organic farming now occupies 162,482 hectares (+14.9%), and one in ten farms are now committed to ecological production. Sales of organic produce continue to rise, and growing numbers of customers are choosing these products. Currently at least one organic product is purchased annually by 98 per cent of households. This level of interest is reflected in Hall 1.2, the so-called Bio Hall, at the International Green Week 2018 (19 – 28 Jan.). The display by the organic industry is being organised under the heading of ‘Organic – more room for life’.
First-hand information about organic production
Why do organic farmers allow their livestock plenty of space and fresh air? What is so special about the processing of organic products? And how are organic products monitored? In the Bio Hall, (Hall 1.2) visitors to the Green Week will be able to see for themselves what agriculture of the future will look like, and what makes organic foodstuffs second to none. “This is an opportunity to engage in discussions with the professionals in the organic field, such as farmers, bakers, beekeepers and wine producers, to find out just how tasty their products are, and to purchase such products to enjoy at home. As Peter Röhrig, chief executive of the organisation representing the organic sector, the Ecological Food Industry Federation (BÖLW), explains, the Bio Hall is a source of first-hand information about organic products. The organic associations Bioland, Demeter and Naturland are again represented in the Bio Hall, showing how tasty organic food is produced, without the need for genetic engineering, toxic chemicals on the fields or unnecessary additives.
The live programme on the Organic Stage will feature a wide range of organic topics. Fascinating debates, exciting activities for school parties to get involved in, prize-winning organic farmers, leading organic chefs and many celebrities await the applause and questions from visitors. And of course there will be plenty of organic snacks to sample and enjoy. The National Programme for Ecological Cultivation and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN) has a large stand where the work of organic researchers can be seen, and where farmers are presenting organic cultivation in all its diversity.
For additional information:
BÖLW- Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft, Joyce Moewius, Press- & Public Relations, tel.: +49 (0) 30 28482307,