The conference needs to focus on the pioneering role of organic farming for the transition towards a really sustainable agricultural practice. The tone of the conference needs to be ambitious: we can shift on the long run towards organic being the new conventional farming practice, while being socially, economically and ecologically sustainable.
But where are we now? Who benefits from the current research agenda (biotech research and agro-industrial intensification vs. organic/agro-ecological research)? What are the main obstacles from a research point of view for achieving this transitions towards sustainability?
After 3 panels, we will conclude with a critical debate with all the key stakeholders involved.
Opening speech by MEP
Success stories in the field of organic research (3 speakers)
30 minutes to present each (10') a successful research experience
European agricultural research agenda: where are we now?
If we double the budget for organic research, what are the priorities?
Suggestions for Research by TP Organics
Bram Moeskops (confirmed) (Senior Scientific Coordinator, TP Organics)
Debate: Where are we now? How do we proceed? (3 speakers)
Closing remarks by MEP