Every three years, the organic movement gathers for the largest international organic event, the IFOAM Organic World Congress.
This year Istanbul is the city to which international delegates from all over the world will travel to participate in the many pre-conferences or attend the different tracks of the actual congress program.
But not less important is the two-day event that follows on from the OWC: The IFOAM General Assembly. It is in this decision-making forum that the political direction of this global organic umbrella organization is determined for the coming three years and opinion-makers and innovative thinkers of the organic movement actively contribute to the outcomes of this assembly.
A new World Board is elected, the host country and organization for the next edition of the OWC/ GA is voted on, and IFOAM’s work plan approved.
Motions presented by both Members and the World Board seek to emphasize work areas within organic needing attention or further development: advocacy for soil conservation; genetic engineering and GE contamination of organic seeds; fair and transparent marketing systems; cell fusion varieties; guidelines for new breeding techniques; anti-nuclear and pro-renewable energy; bee-keeping. These are but some of the hot topics that will be addressed and discussed by those present at the General Assembly.
As always, we expect lively debates, exciting decisions and light being shone on areas requiring our attention – an event not to be missed.
If you’re an IFOAM affiliate, this is the time to get active! And if you’re not an IFOAM affiliate yet, this could be a great opportunity to see, up close, the organic movement in action.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Find more information on www.ifoam.org