The 31st annual edition of BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, along with the 13th VIVANESS, the international event for natural and organic personal care, opened on February 12 at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg, Germany with almost 3,800 exhibitors from 110 countries, received over 47,000 industry visitors from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and 131 other countries. The exhibition added two extra halls this year, 7A and 3A, for a total display area of 57,609 m2.
The Congress theme at BIOFACH this year, "Organic delivers!" was a total success attracting 10,000 participants to learn and share the latest research and information on the positive effects of sustainable, holistic, regenerative farming efforts protecting our water, improving soil fertility, and strengthening biodiversity. Last year around 9,500 congress participants attended the forum events. The program at the BIOFACH Congress included 33 lectures and forums on Wednesday, 12 February, 51, on Thursday 13 February, and 32 on Friday, 14 February.
Dr. Jane Goodall, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), primate researcher, and UN Messenger of Peace gave a persuasive speech during the official opening of BIOFACH and Vivaness. " We are part of the natural world and not separated from it..." ... "When I was out in the rainforest studying the chimpanzee, I learned about the interconnection of all life. Each species, no matter how insignificant it may seem, has a role to play in the tapestry of life."
Key themes at BIOFACH were “Innovative Packaging Solutions,” “Vegan 2.0”, “Open Pollinated Varieties,” and “Region 2.0”, and at VIVANESS the focus was on “Zero Waste Bathroom,” “All About Hemp,” “Dental Care” and “Innovative Packaging.” This year trade visitors discovered the latest trends on the two BIOFACH and VIVANESS trend walls, located in the passageway between Hall 1 and Hall 3C.
"I expected the fantastic diversity of the organic movement AND organic products that BIOFACH usually delivers and was not disappointed!", said Paul Holmbeck, Policy Director at Organic Denmark. "Besides food and drink for all our senses—the Congress delivered food for the mind, with inspiration to organic 3.0. Our minister for Food and Agriculture in Denmark outlined plans for doubling organic area, export, and organic sales on the home market. And once again, bringing all the Danish companies together created an export platform for even small organic companies. Every one has orders. Great talks with colleagues from IFOAM Asia and EU and frankly—from the whole world. BIOFACH is an annual highlight!"
"This year we noticed less traffic, but BIOFACH still attracts quality visitors over quantity," said Luis Urena of UHTCO Corporation, a firm showcasing top superfoods from Peru and exhibiting for over ten years.
"Huge event. Bigger than expected. Lots of contacts, innovation, and inspiration", said first-time visitor Konstantin Jessen of DCADA, a social enterprise in Colombia that offers the first line of 100% natural and organic certified juices in the Latin American country.
As part of the Best New Product Awards, visitors voted on the spot for what they thought was the most innovative and exciting new product at the Novelty Stand. There were awards in seven categories, and German and Austrian firms were voted top winners in all of them. Visitors also experienced the Worlds of OLIVE OIL, WINE, and VEGAN.
A new special exhibition on ‘Water’
“All about water – is the basis of all life endangered?” was a special exhibition in Hall 8 8-505 at BIOFACH, about this vital topic that requires urgent attention. The new exclusive show offered a detailed look at this subject in the form of table-tops, showcases, and presentations with the following focal points: “Purity under threat: the challenge of water pollution,” “Maintaining the basic preconditions for life: opportunities and challenges of a collective commitment to water protection,” and “Water as a foodstuff: a contemporary look at quality.”
Dr. Franz Ehrnsperger, chair of the Qualitätsgemeinschaft Bio-Mineralwasser (Quality Association for Organic Mineral Water), said: “Anyone wanting to protect our most important foodstuff must be familiar with the current challenges and effective solutions for them.
“With the BIOFACH select show ‘All about water – is the basis of all life endangered?’, we offer visitors to the trade fair a comprehensive overview of the current situation and deal in particular with the question of how the rigorous application of organic principles to our most important foodstuff can make a sustainable contribution.”
Executive director BIOFACH and VIVANESS, NürnbergMesse, Danila Brunner, said about the special exhibition, which was arranged in collaboration with the Quality Association for Organic Mineral Water. “We are very pleased with the project as a whole since it fits perfectly with our congress theme of ‘Organic delivers!’. After all, organic also delivers for water, the vital resource for life!”
In 2005 O.W.N - Organic & Wellness News hosted at BIOFACH a well-attended presentation on WATER. “The speakers showed revealing information about this precious resource that is far more than H2O. Water contains the code to life on the planet, the ability to transfer the genetic information to the next generation. We saw the work of the Japanese Emoto that captured terrific photographs of water crystals affected by music, pollution, urban settings, and from different parts of the world, the difference between spring water and tap water, and why it is not wise to pump water from deep aquifers for agriculture.
This year's presentations at All about water – is the basis of all life endangered? included: "Microplastics in drinking water," "Water for All? But not without Sanitation and Hygiene! How Viva con Agua funds sustainable WASH projects worldwide."
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BIOFACH takes place every year in Nuremberg, Germany, the world’s second market for organic products and the leading country in the EU, with retail sales reaching almost 12 Billion Euros in 2018 and10 percent of the land for agriculture certified as organic.
The international patron of BIOFACH is IFOAM – Organics International, while the national honorary sponsor is the German Federation of Organic Food Producers (BÖLW).
BIOFACH World has a global presence with sister trade events for organic and sustainable products in China, India, Japan, Brasil, Thailand, and the USA, presenting under its umbrella a selection of over 4,000 top exhibitors and 150,000 trade visitors. In
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