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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

2nd EU Organic Congress: what can organic farming do for climate?

Just a week before the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the 2nd European Organic Congress organized by the IFOAM EU Group will take place in Brussels on December 1 2009. The main topic will be "Organic Food and Farming in times of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Global Food Crisis". According to the "Millennium Ecosystems Assessment", initiated by UN organizations, the World Bank, many civil society organizations and private and public donors,  "a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth" can be observed as a consequence of the "growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel": a development which will "substantially diminish the benefits that future generations obtain from ecosystems." In particular climate change and biodiversity loss imposes a complete new challenge on agriculture, the food industry and therefore the whole food supply chain, with regard to both mitigation and adaptation. At the same time the debate on CAP after 2013, and thus on the agriculture model of tomorrow, has started.

Source: Greenplanet