Brussels, April 29th 2008

Vision for an Organic Food and Farming Research Agenda 2025

Second public consultation

Invitation to stakeholder consultation to comment on draft Vision for an Organic Food and Farming Research Agenda 2025
The IFOAM EU Group and ISOFAR have joined forces in initiating the process of drawing up a Research Vision 2025 for Organic Food and Farming. This document aims to outline the future challenges in the area of food and agriculture and the potential of organic food and farming which emphasises sustainability, high quality, ethical concepts and social cohesion.

Therefore you are warmly invited to comment to the draft vision. This is the second public online consultation: stakeholders of the whole organic production and processing chain, the economic sector, the industry, national and regional authorities, researchers, European NGOs and the civil society are welcome to contribute to the document. Comments to the new draft of the vision can be still given until Monday, May 12th.

The current re-drafted version of the research vision is a result of the received input from former consultation rounds, e.g. at the European Organic Congress and through the two month online public consultation.? The consultation will be followed by a further stakeholder meeting in May/June and further group consultations. It is foreseen to finalise the process and publish the vision by summer 2008. More information on the process you can find at the background information in the vision document (pdf download).

Guidelines for commenting

If you are interested in participating in this consultation, we ask you to state your comments online on the website

Please read the 42 pages of the vision paper carefully. Then go to the discussion forum and register as user. As soon as your account will be activated, you will receive an e-mail and you can enter the discussion forum with your password.

Through the discussion forum, we want to make the debate and all your valuable comments transparent. It is crucial that you will participate with your expertise, with your creativity and with your political intuition and instinct. The discussion forum will be moderated by Anamarija Slabe, Niels Halberg, Otto Schmid, Marco Schlueter and Urs Niggli.

Thank you for your contribution / your contribution is highly appreciated!

Urs Niggli , Vice Presidnet ISOFAR
Marco Schlueter, Director, IFOAM EU Group