Review: This is what BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2017 had to offer.
Germany, Country of the Year - Building an Organic Future
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From established companies to young start-ups, the environmental sector in Germany makes high-quality products and is collectively committed to an organic future. Visitors and exhibitors are invited to get to know Germany’s world of organics, its innovative spirit and the sense of responsibility that characterizes the sector.
There are many players in Germany's organic sector that put the principles of responsible and fair trading into practice – both at home and abroad – and structure their investments accordingly. Another defining feature of German organic companies is their great power of innovation, which is reflected in new and creative developments, and in current research projects. The spotlight will be on this special level of commitment shown by the country’s environmentally friendly foodstuffs industry at BIOFACH 2017.
A booming market for organics
Organics are booming! The organic market in Germany is one of the world’s strongest in terms of sales. Recent years have seen a huge uptake in organic foods and drinks, leading to dramatic growth in revenue in this sector. The German market has huge potential in this area, for importers who bring exotic products, specialities and seasonal goods in organic quality into Germany, and also for those in the farming and processing industries who see their future in the organic industry.
A pioneer in organics with a flair for progress and a sense of responsibility
Germany has a long tradition of environmentally friendly agriculture and organic production. For almost 100 years, organic entrepreneurs have been applying their flair for progress and sense of responsibility toward humans, animals and the environment to the development of organic foods – in the fields, in the processing industry and in the specialist trade. Many ideas developed by German organic farmers, manufacturers and traders have helped to point the way for the European Council Regulation on Organic Agriculture, and have become well established both in legislation and as top exports. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) runs a special programme at Federal level to support the organic sector (BÖLN), as well as the Strategy For The Future Of Organic Farming, which includes support for Germany’s attendance as “Country of the Year” at BIOFACH 2017.
Changes in consumption and nutritional behaviour
Thinking outside the box: the ideas that influence the organic movement have long helped shape public opinion in Germany. Debates about animal protection in agriculture, discussion about genetic technology on farms and on the plate, fair trading rules, how to achieve sustainable business practices, and winning the fight against hunger are on the minds of policy-makers, players in the organic economy and the general population in equal measure.