LIFT: Case study results from Europe and the Simssee region (Bavaria)
After another project year, valuable results on organic farm types have been collected through several international workshops and surveys with farmers in 12 European countries. The main results are summarized in the 3rd LIFT newsletter, which is available in our download section.
One of the case studies examined in LIFT is the Simssee region (Bavaria, Germany). First results of our surveys with farmers show: agro-ecological practices must also be economically viable! These results are also available (in German language) in our download section.
Further information on the projects’ homepage.
Promoting alternative ways of marketing milk in Saxony
What are alternatives for Saxony farmers on the existing conventional production and marketing of milk? What marketing channels are available beyond the large dairy factories and what product qualities are in demand? From August 2020 till January 2021, AMI Ltd and Ecozept Deutschland GbR were investigating these questions on behalf of the Saxony State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie, LfULG). In connection to the ongoing structural change in the Saxony dairy industry, the study showed ways to secure the performance and competitiveness of the Saxony dairy farms. The research revealed around 300 market actors with alternative forms of marketing of milk in Saxony. In addition to the data analysis, a two-stage survey among production, processing, trade and association representatives was conducted in autumn 2020.
The respondents attribute a high development potential to most of these alternative distribution channels, especially on-farm processing with farm-gate sale. However, the prerequisites are authentic customer communication and customer proximity, an adapted set of funding instruments and access to well-trained specialists. Many producers would like to see more appreciation for their work and the products they produce - not only from the consumers, but also form politics and administration.
At the end of February 2021, the results were presented through an online event. A poster of the results is available in our download section. Soon the complete report will be available on the media portal of the Saxony State Office .
More organic and regional products in public catering is possible!
In cooperation with FiBL Projekte GmbH and Prof. Christopher Zeiss, Ecozept creates a good practice guidance for the consideration of more organic and regional products in the awarding of public catering services in Saxony from April 2021.
These guidelines are part of the state-wide strategy pursued by the Ministry of Agriculture to promote regional organic value chains through increased demand from public collective catering. The results are expected by the end of 2021.
The problem with packaging
What can we expect from alternatives to plastics made from fossil-based raw materials?
In the trade journal BioPress we present various solutions for the prevention of plastic waste. Based on a survey of experts for the EU project GLOPACK, the existing challenges of marketable bioplastics are highlighted.
In addition, the home-compostable packaging solutions of the GLOPACK project are presented, which consist of corn cobs or residues from juice production that are GMO-free and do not compete with food production. The article is available free of charge in our download-section and at the website of BioPress.
Biofach 2021: Between unpacked products and the flood of plastics - status quo & perspectives of packaging in industry, research and policies
The topic of packaging is increasingly getting into the focus of companies, especially due to the increased awareness of consumers as well as European and national circular economy strategies and the European Green Deal. The panel gives an overview of the topic from protective function of packaging to future solutions. The speakers will participate in the discussion on where benchmarks are and how the organic sector is positioning its activities.
Impulses from Carolin Hauser, Jan Niessen (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg), Ramona Schöll (Student Universität Oldenburg), Denise Gider (Ecozept)
Between unpacked products and the flood of plastics - status quo & perspectives of packaging in industry, research and policies, Wednesday, 17th Feb, 2-2:45 pm, Stream 2
Programme overview Biofach eSPECIAL
Biofach 2021: Impulses for more organic: Strengths and weaknesses of current organic action plans in Germany and the EU
In recent years, numerous federal states in Germany and EU member states have set a concrete growth target for the organic food sector. Organic action plans are an important instrument for strengthening the sector. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the action plans in Germany and the EU? And are the efforts made so far sufficient to achieve the growth targets? Do they fit with current and potential trends for supply and demand?
Insights from Nic Lampkin, Jürn Sanders (Thünen Institut) and from Burkhard Schaer (Ecozept)
Impulses for more organic: Strengths and weaknesses of current organic action plans in Germany and the EU, WED, 17th Feb, 3-3:45 pm; Stream 5
Biofach 2021: Transparency, proximity & prosuming: new ways of marketing organic products
The Corona crisis has raised public awareness of the importance of short supply routes. Consumers are placing additional expectations on marketing. Concrete practical examples will be used to show which approaches to communication and price transparency are promising.
What can the organic food trade learn from this? What kind of cooperations are possible? You can expect current figures on the importance of direct marketing of organic products as well as field reports from representatives of "Regiothek", "Marktschwärmer", "Du bist hier der Chef!" and Foodhub München e.V.
Organic products in French out-of-home catering
In the current issue of the trade journal BioPress, we report on political desires and market economy realities in increasing the share of organic products in French out-of-home catering.
Impact of Covid-19 on the French organic food trade
In cooperation with the French trade magazine Biolinéaires and the sector associations Natexbio and Synadis, Ecozept conducted a survey in the French organic food trade on the effects and reactions of the Corona crisis. More than 900 shops participated in the online survey at the end of March!
The current issue of Biolinéaires (N° 89 - May 2020) presents the main findings of this study. We will send a summary in German to email@example.com on request.
Moselle project: Water protection project in Bouzonvillois Trois Frontières (France) successfully completed
Ecozept and its partners "Bio en Grand Est" and "Envilys" have presented a feasibility study for agricultural value chains that promote water conservation in the Bouzonvillois Trois Frontières region. The area is located in the east of France directly on the border with Luxembourg and Germany. The action plan proposed in the feasibility study was designed together with regional stakeholders and economic actors.
Key areas of action include: Developing production and supply chains for the crop alfalfa, building local market opportunities for crops for diversification, improving production and markets for organic food and marketing support for regional pasture-raised meat. Our action plan will be integrated into the municipality's agricultural policy in the coming weeks. Now is the time to implement the proposed measures.
Innodirekt: Final report available
The study on innovative forms of direct marketing carried out by Ecozept and mareg (markt & regio) is now freely available under Organic Eprints: https://orgprints.org/37311/ : "New and innovative direct selling concepts for agricultural products – state of the art, best-practice examples and analysis of consumer expectations and recommendations for stakeholders".
The study as well as further documents such as presentations and an information sheet can also be downloaded in our download area.