Organic Agriculture # 1: The Congress…..


28 October 2014

Two weeks ago, I was at the Organic World Congress of IFOAM in Istanbul, 13 – 15 October 2014. I had to give a presentation for Hivos on my Bioslurry Publication: Bioslurry, the by-product of a biogas installation.  But first I went to some presentations to see what the topics of the Congress were.

The opening ceremony was nice, someone even stood on his head, as to emphasize his statement that many are ostriches when it comes to (organic/sustainable) farming. ‘We need less blablabla and more Do Do Do!’, so said an African presenter. Indeed, this has been the ongoing trend and advocacy within sustainability: less talking, more walking. Less philosophy, more implementation! I totally agree!

Another topic was the market in general. This has been increasing over the last 10 years, at least in Turkey: 60.000 new organic farmers came into the market. Canada is leading nr. 4 worldwide, with the US on top of this ranking.

Then it was my turn. I presented in a workshop, with three other presenters. I did it with enthusiasm, but with peace in mind and talk and therefore, I said everything I wanted to say. About that, I will talk in another blog: presenting 2.0: the guide towards success. Now focus on the Bioslurry: questions such as how much does a biodigester costs, and how much you have to dilute it with water, where appointed to me. With great enthusiasm and passion some others came after the presentation asking for collaboration.

A note on organic farming: I always by organic, at least, when there is the option. However, I do think the non-organic products costs should increase in order to create a fair market. Externalities such as harm to the environment should be taken into account. However, with the story of bioslurry and chemical fertilizers is not as black and white: one can use fertilizers, but as long as it does no damage to the crops and environment. Therefore, a combination of bioslurry and others is the best way to go and has the highest yields possible. In addition, organic should be made more attractive in terms of ‘sexier’, in order to gain market overall and taking other on board of the ship.

In a subsequent blog I will interview experts in the field of (organic) agriculture. This will be soon available through Youtube.

Enjoy a nice delicious organic meal!

 

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