|Food & Drink
|Focus on Feeding the World
How can food security be achieved for the almost seven billion people who live on our planet? The traditional food industry has mainly one answer to this: expansion of production. However,
the consumption habits and lifestyle of every single person have a great impact. This does not mean doing without, on the contrary: organic stands for variety and enjoyment!
The organic movement has always supported new consumption and food concepts right from the beginning. This concern is supported by scientific studies, which show that organic buyers live
more sustainably and spare resources! For example, the National Consumption Study II conducted by the Max Rubner Institute (MRI) in Karlsruhe (D) came to the conclusion: organic buyers live
healthier and also know more about optimum nutrition than non-organic buyers.
Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, President of BÖLW and Board Member of Naturland e.V.: "The question of how all the people in this world can exercise their right to food is also a challenge
for organic agriculture. Whether our food production is sustainable and sufficient for everyone has a lot to do with our lifestyle and diet. It is therefore logical when the organic food
industry and its customers work together on this question and assign it top priority."
Claus Rättich, Member of the Management Board at NürnbergMesse, emphasizes: "Like the sector overall, our national host, the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW – German Federation
of the Organic Food Industry), has been occupied with the question of an ecological solution to the problem of feeding the world for a long time. Unlike the mainstream food industry, the
organic sector is certain: organic can feed the world! This is also confirmed by the World Agriculture Report. The right way is not expansion, mass production or genetic engineering, but a
sustainable, organic method of farming, a policy of real prices and a diet based on organically produced food. Tomorrow’s customers are increasingly basing their shopping behaviour on the
question of what lifestyle is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable – communicating this added value is one of the challenges for the trade." The IAASTD World Agriculture
Report was commissioned by UNESCO and the World Bank. The report was prepared by IAASTD from 2003 onwards and published in 2008.
What do lifestyles, consumption and prices have to do with feeding the world?
With their focus on feeding the world, BioFach and Vivaness offer all players an international platform for discussing this issue intensively on a sound professional basis and devoting
their combined efforts to joint projects. The sector will discuss issues such as diets and their impacts. That is, how the right to food can be secured with organic food and how organic
could feed the world. Food has its price – but what do the real costs of food look like? Do prices speak the ecological truth? Another aspect is what exactly will green consumption and
lifestyle look like in the future, and what concepts are needed for this in production and trade.