OWC 2017: Food Systems 3.0 Pre-conference

Food Systems 3.0 – a pre-conference event at the 19th Organic World Congress

8th November 2017, New Delhi/ India

At the 19th Organic World Congress, held this November in New Delhi, we held a daylong pre-conference where we continued extending our global reach. Over 150 participants from 29 countries and all continents had lively and inspiring exchanges on the theory, development and practical implementation of sustainable production and consumption systems based on organic principles and practices. A range of best practice examples were showcased, including government-led approaches from South Korea, France, and Sweden; private-sector collectives and producer-consumer networks from India, Italy, and Germany; developing food movements in Peru, Canada, and Kenya; education initiatives in India and Europe; globalized food system analysis spanning from China to Denmark; and scientific and social dietary impact studies from the Mediterranean and Nordic regions. OFSP continues its rapid growth with new partners joining all the time.

Photos © Roshan Murthy

All presentations are available and linked in the following programme:

8:30 – 9:00 Warm-Up & Welcome

I see you: bridging social, ecological, and spiritual divides – Jostein Hertwig (Norway)

9:00 – 10:00 The Organic Food System Program (OFSP) – Overview

                  [with Leonie Fink (Germany) and Carola Strassner (Germany)]

Photo © Roshan Murthy

10:00 – 10:30 tea break (networking, snacks)

10:30 – 12:00 What is an Organic Food System? – Panel

Leading questions:

  • The ethical question: How we understand a food system in line with an ethical foundation (IFOAM Principles / Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) / seven attributes / Fair Trade etc.)?
  • The systems theoretical question: How systems theory can help us to better understand the social, economic, cultural, and ecological complexity of food systems in practice.
  • The practical question: How to implement, institutionalize and maintain an organic food system approach, i.e to transform / up scale the current to an organic food system?

Bernhard Freyer – moderator

Photo © Roshan Murthy

12:00 – 1:15 Sustainable Diets – Panel

Leading questions:

  • How to reconcile modern nutrition science with traditional/historical dietary habits?
  • In what ways could/should current and traditional diets be improved?
  • Nutrient density and nutrient diversity.
  • Goals/Improvements for processed food?

Denis Lairon (moderator) (France)

Photo © Roshan Murthy

1:15 – 2:30 lunch 

2:30 – 4:00 Developing Food Systems – Showcase

Raymond Auerbach (South Africa) (moderator)

4:00 – 4:30 tea break (networking, snacks)

4:30 – 5:30 Food Systems: Leading Examples – Showcase

Mette Varst Denmark) (moderator)

5:30 – 6:00+ Wrap-up, Commitments, Invitations

Zhou Zejiang (China) (moderator)

  • Members of the OFSP Steering Committee and Advisory Board
  • New OFSP partners

Here you find the Food Systems 3.0 pre-conference speaker profiles