International Grow Green Conference – The video recordings of the conference sessions are available online!

A two-day conference to explore the role of plant-based and organic farming in building a sustainable future

VIDEO RECORDINGS: Please see below! 

About the Conference

In light of the current environmental and climate crisis, steps towards a transition to more sustainable forms of agriculture and food production need to be taken. A shift away from animal agriculture towards plant-based farming is one of the solutions.

So, how can we help farmers to adopt more sustainable practices? How can we encourage the development and implementation of policies favouring better solutions, such as plant-based organic farming? How can we share best practices and know-how on forms of agriculture that will help meet climate targets? And how can farmers economically sustain such a way of producing food?

The Grow Green conference will bring together EU policymakers (MEPs, European Union government representatives, EU Institution representatives), think tanks and NGOs, agricultural organizations, farmers and growers, sustainability professionals, food trade industry representatives, retailers and more to discuss these questions.

The conference aims to:

  • Increase the awareness of policymakers about the impact of animal agriculture and the benefits of moving towards plant-based organic farming.
  • Promote plant-based organic agriculture as one of the solutions to combat the climate crisis.
  • Discuss and gather support for policies favouring this type of agriculture.
  • Share knowledge and learn from plant-based and organic farming pioneers, and demonstrate that this is economically viable for farmers.
  • Show the opportunities that plant-based organic offers to food manufacturers and retailers.
     

 

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GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 1 (PART 1/5)

Welcome & Opening remarks

Moderator: Natasha Foote, Euractiv

  • Floriana CimmarustiSecretary General, Safe Food Advocacy Europe
  • Louise Davies,  CEO & Head of Campaigns, Policy & Research, The Vegan Society

Keynote speech: How redesigning our food system could achieve environmental, health, access to food, and food security benefits

  • Eleonora EviMember of the European Parliament

 

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 1 (PART 2/5)

The crucial role of food and farming transformation in climate and biodiversity plans

  • Dr Helen HarwattSenior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House

 

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 1 (PART 3/5)

Plant-based farming experiences

  • Axel Anders, Co-founder, International Biocyclic Vegan Network

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 1 (PART 4/5)

Panel discussion: The role of food and farming in tackling the climate crisis

  • Tilly Metz, Member of the European Parliament

  • Nick Jacobs, Director, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

  • Chris Atkinson, Board Member, IFOAM Organic Europe

  • Dr Helen HarwattSenior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 1 (PART 5/5)

Panel discussion: Interventions in European agriculture policy to support a shift to plant-based

  • Francisco Guerreiro, Member of the European Parliament

  • Luigi TozziConfagricoltura, VP of the Organic WG of Copa-Cogeca

  • Tim ThorpeSenior Campaigns and Policy Officer, The Vegan Society 

  • Henri Delanghe, Deputy Head of Unit (Organics), DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 2 (PART 1/5)

Introduction

  • Natasha Foote, Euractiv

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 2 (PART 2/5)

A new approach: plant-based organic farming – practical examples, associations and certification 

Stock-free Organic Agriculture

  • Iain TolhurstTolhurst Organic
  • Tamara SchiopuVegan Organic Network
GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 2 (PART 3/5)

A new approach: plant-based organic farming – practical examples, associations and certification 

Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture

  • Dr. Johannes EisenbachPanhellenic Biocyclic Vegan Network
  • Axel AndersInternational Biocyclic Vegan Network
GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 2 (PART 4/5)

The EU Green Deal and sustainable food production systems: pathways to plant-based organic

  • Vinciane Patelou, Director, European Plant-Based Foods Association (ENSA)

GROW GREEN CONFERENCE - DAY 2 (PART 5/5)

Concluding remarks

  • Antoine DhaeseOffice and Communication Manager, Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE)

Closing keynote

  • Floriana CimmarustiSecretary General, Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE)