Smart change towards a sustainable CAP

The Congress, organised by IFOAM EU Group and Organic Denmark is currently taking place today and tomorrow in Copenhagen. Watch it live here:

Free live streaming by Ustream

You can find all the Congress Material here:

http://www.organic-congress-ifoameu.org/6th_European_Organic_Congress/Congress_Materials.aspx

ARC is a Congress Partner for the event. Arie van den Brand will be speaking on behalf of ARC this morning.

Background information on this year’s event:

Smart change towards a sustainable CAP 

Organic and high nature value farming shaping future food systems

Over the year 2012, far reaching decisions will be made to shape European food systems for the future: European Parliament and Council of Ministers will discuss the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020, based upon proposals made by the Commission in October 2011. Challenges to our future food supply such as climate change, increasing scarcity of natural resources and socio-economic shifts in rural areas demand progressive change in policies and farm practice. Organic farming as a knowledge based, innovative system approach to sustainability and quality food production with EU wide certification in place offers opportunities to meeting a broad range of these challenges and the economic strengthening of High Nature Value farms can ensure the enhancement of biodiversity and contribute to the viability of rural societies; both farm systems should be in the focus of the new policies. The 6th European Organic Congress “Smart change – towards a sustainable CAP” addresses the policy change needed to come to a greener, smarter, fairer CAP for the future, improve the availability of sustainably produced food for consumers and to ensure the credibility of certification for sustainable farm systems.

The conference is organised by IFOAM EU GROUP and Organic DenmarkARC2020 is a congress partner. More information and details of additional congress supporters can be found here