Agriculture / Agribusiness

Animal-Free Organic Farming Attracts Significant Interest at BIOFACH 2023

After attending the organic trade fair BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany, Biocyclic Vegan International has found that there is significant interest in cycle-based, animal-free organic farming.

Professional visitors were introduced to the concept of farming without animal husbandry or fertilizers of animal origin, and had the opportunity to taste produce grown in this way. There was discussion of the climate benefits of reducing livestock numbers, along with the potential of biocyclic humus soil to sequester carbon.

One visitor was Dr. Ophelia Nick, The Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Experts in biocyclic vegan agriculture also hosted events at BIOFACH, including a podium discussion on food system transformation in partnership with the German Association of Organic Food Producers (AöL) and a specialist panel titled “Vegan Nutrition and Organic Agriculture − Opportunities for Food Safety, Environment and Health.”

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“Extremely successful year”

Additionally, numerous products certified with the biocyclic vegan quality seal were exhibited at BIOFACH, such as fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, and cereals. The products originated from all over the world, including central and northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Canada.

“After the general slowdown caused by the pandemic, 2022 was an extremely successful year with an increasing public awareness of biocyclic vegan agriculture,” Axel Anders, co-founder of Biocyclic Vegan International, told vegconomist in an interview earlier this year. “In many circles, agriculture without animal husbandry or the use of fertilisers of animal origin is still considered unrealistic and unfeasible. Such beliefs, however, have long been debunked by the practice of many plant-based farms and, increasingly, by scientific studies. In this context, there have been exciting research collaborations in the past year demonstrating both the feasibility and the benefits of biocyclic vegan agriculture.”

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