14th Organic World Congress 'Cultivating Communities'

Victoria, BC, to Host International Organic Food Congress

Booming Organic Food Industry Fueled by Concerns About Food Safety

A number of health concerns regarding the nutritional value of Canada's food supply have been gaining national media attention. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned by the health risks associated with industrialized farming and its use of pesticides and herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified plants. Growing public awareness of the effects of these substances on our health and a desire for improved tasteóhas fueled a thriving organic food industry that has been growing 20% annually over the past decade.

Even major retailers and manufacturers are getting on the bandwagon to fulfill market demand: Safeway, Thrifty Foods, The Real Canadian Superstore, Heinz, Gerber and General Mills all offer organic alternatives.

'Cultivating Communities': World's Largest Organic Conference Comes to Victoria

Spectacular Victoria, B.C. will host the world's largest organic congress August 21st - 28th with the vision of Cultivating Communities: 14th IFOAM Organic World Congress and its accompanying events.

Associated events include the 4th IFOAM Organic World Exhibition, the 7th International Congress on Viticulture and Wine and the IFOAM General Assembly. IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) is a global organization representing two million people worldwide in the organic industry, with members in 160 countries. Victoria was chosen as a natural site for the congress, boasting the highest per capita consumption of organic products in Canada.

The congress will address important issues related to the organic food industry including redesigning food systems, crop production, pest and disease control, food safety and fair trade. A two-day International Congress of Viticulture will run August 20th - 21st, featuring topics related to the organic wine industry. At the IFOAM World Exhibition a wide variety of exhibitions and displays will also be open to the public.

Well Attended Event Will Have Broad Appeal
Congress events are open to the public and will appeal to a broad range of individuals interested in organic agriculture and sustainable development: consumers, farmers, researchers, advisors, food manufacturers, exporters and importers, certifiers and policy makers. Close to 1,000 delegates from around the globe are expected to descend upon the event, including Germany's Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Renate Kunast.

The congress is presented by the Canadian Organic Growers on behalf of IFOAM and is supported by: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Investment Agriculture Foundation, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, the Canadian International Development Agency, Thrifty Foods and the International Association for Partnership in Ecology and Trade.

14th IFOAM Organic World Congress
August 21st - 28th, 2002
Victoria Conference Centre
Victoria, BC
Attendees can register for the congress at : www.cog.ca/ifoam2002 , or call (250) 655-5652.
IFOAM Organic World Congress
Bldg. 20, 8801 East Saanich Rd. Sidney BC V8L 1H3 Canada
Phone: 250 655-5652 Fax 250 655-5657

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