One year after the start of the cooperation benefiting the value chain around organic cereals, a positive result can be concluded.
Since the foundation of the BIOG cooperative over 30 years ago, its main concern and the one of the emerging companies, is and has always been to shape the value chain from the farmer to the consumer, or to put it differently: from the farmland to the plate, in such a way, that the peasant is compensated as fair as possible. The programme for agriculture of the EU Commission’s new Green Deal offensive is even under the motto “Fork4Farm”. This confirms the initial mission statement of the BIOG cooperative as well as of the other companies of the OIKOPOLIS Group and the legitimacy of their approach, which has been practised for more than three decades.
The same perspective is also pursued by an initiative of the Cactus Group, which would like to provide very concrete support for domestic organic farming. To this end, a cooperation with the cereal producers of the BIOG cooperative and "Pains & Tradition" was launched in spring 2019. The main aim is to strengthen the value chain of organic cereal and flour production and the subsequent processing into artisanal breads in a regional context. This is realised through a range of five types of bread produced in the workshops of "Pains & Tradition" using "slow baking" methods and marketed by Cactus supermarkets under the label "Zesumme fir eis Bio-Baueren". The organic bread grain is collected by the BIOG cooperative, stored temporarily and taken to the mill.
One year after the start of the project, the three partners involved were able to draw a thoroughly positive balance: 286,914 kilos of organic grain, mainly of Luxembourgish origin, were processed in order to offer the customer a bread that was produced locally and responsibly. Furthermore, the project benefits the 24 organic cereal farmers in the region, whose work contributes to the protection of the natural environment and meets the demand for untreated food at the same time.
Side effect: Research for practical application is promoted
As if this was not enough, the three project partners go even further and support a sustainability project that offers new perspectives to the producers through financial contributions. In this context, the Institut fir Biologësch Landwirtschaft an Agrarkultur Luxemburg a.s.b.l. (IBLA) was presented with a cheque of 15,000 Euros. The donation is dedicated to the IBLA project "Zesumme fuersche fir eng nohaltesch Bio-Liewensmëttelproduktioun" which is closely linked to IBLA's "SMART - Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine" tool. IBLA Director Stéphanie Zimmer says: "With this project we are helping organic farmers to position themselves in the best possible way so that they can continue their activities in the future".
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