With the theme « Lëtz make Luxemburg more organic ! » the association for organic agriculture "Vereenegung fir Bio-Landwirtschaft Lëtzebuerg asbl", short „Bio-Lëtzebuerg“, celebrated their 30 years existence on the 27th of April in Roodt/Syre within in academic cultural evening with around 170 guests.
In his opening speech to his guests from politics, society and the sector itself, Jos Schanck, president of the association Bio-Lëtzebuerg, commented the development of the organic agriculture in Luxembourg. As a pioneer in this field, he outlines the most important steps and inspirations of the movement from first hand and delegated the word to director Daniela Noesen. She reflected - with minister of the environment Carole Dieschbourg and minister of agriculture and consumer protection Fernand Etgen present) – on the governmental target to have 100% organic agriculture in Luxembourg by 2050. With currently 4%, this goal is has a long way to go but positive visions are very important to concipate strategies.
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Another topic was the time pressure presented by the main speaker Hans Herren. The Swiss agricultural researcher, founder of the foundation BioVision and winner of the alternative Nobel price, primarily addresses questions regarding the sustainable development, the preservation of natural resources and the and securing world nutrition.
The search for solutions for the problem of a global imbalance of nutrition demand and offer was the focus of his presentation. The famous demand to increase the worldwide food production by 60-70% by 2050 is wrong according to him, since nowadays already more kcal per head are produced (2.600) than consumed (2.300). The fact that there is still a surplus in demand has two reasons: food waste in industrialised countries and before-and-after harvest losses in developing countries.
But improvements in those production-, storage-, and distribution conditions are not enough. Development programs for the global South are not enough - just as little as the necessary adaptation of consumer choices in the gloabl North (more vegetable - less meat).
Moreover, Herren encourages to distribute public funds differently, for example to Independent research instituts, since organic agriculture is not only land- but also knowledge-intensive. Nevertheless, agroecologic Research needs to survive with a small proportion of the financial support than conventional projects receive.
(F.l.t.r.): Francis Jacobs, Sonny Gottal, Patrick Kolbusch, Roland Majerus, Anja Kass-Staudenmayer, Daniela Noesen, Jos Schanck, Änder Schanck, Fernand Etgen, Tom Kass, Hans Herren, Amand Keiser, Carole Dieschbourg, Julie Mousel and Daniel Baltes.
Call to the government
The transformation process in the direction of agroecology shouldn't have to wait any longer - not until 2050 "as Rifkin puts it, because we don't have that much time". To the Minister of agriculture herren added the appeal: „Minister, tomorrow you will propose a law: 2030 is the target for a fundamental change!"
Fernand Etgen reinforced: „Continuing the same as now is not an option.“ Sustainable production Methods need to be used and organic agriculture can serve as a role model. We are responsible for all future generations and all the people on earth that suffer from our type of economy.