Press Release / 15. August, 1996
New International Ecology Award to be Presented
for First Time in Copenhagen
The SARD - Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development - Mallinckrodt Award will be presented for the first time ever, when ecologists hold their world conference at Holmen, Copenhagen in August. The $10,000 prize has been instituted by Friedrich Mumm von Mallinckrodt, a former Senior Adviser of UNDP (United Nations Development Program), Germany. The award will be presented to groups in the Third World promoting organic agriculture. When presenting the award emphasis will be placed on the employment of organic methods in food production that benefit the environment, improve the economic situation of the poor, promote development through equal opportunities for both sexes and that projects have had an influence on agricultural policy and agricultural training. The SARD-Malinckrodt Award will encourage many groups working under extremely harsh economic conditions throughout the Third World.
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Global Food Security
requires Organic Agriculture
The resolution adopted today by the closing session of the world conference on organic agriculture in Copenhagen urges the FAO to recognize the part organic production can play in achieving food security for all.
"There are more than 800 million people in the world today who do not have adequate food to eat. Ironically, a vast majority of them are located in developing countries which are predominantly agricultural", said Dr Tito E. Contado, from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), addressing more than 1,000 delegates at the closing session of the International Conference on Organic Agriculture (11th IFOAM Scientific Conference) in Copenhagen today. This is the key issue facing the World Food Summit scheduled for Rome in November.
However, although welcoming the initiative of the FAO in bringing together the governments of the world at the World Food Summit, the international organic conference concluded that preparatory documents emphasize the wrong issues in analyzing the source of the crisis in world food production and availability, and therefore that its commitments are not likely to produce effective results. "In particular, protection of the environment, quality and safety of food, and local self-reliance are not recognized as essential elements of food security. In addition, key issues of access to resources, equitable land tenure, the rights of women and education have not taken the place they deserve - as a consequence people continue to suffer", states the Copenhagen Declaration, the final document adopted by the 11th Scientific IFOAM Conference today. IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) is the only organisation which represents the entire organic food chain from farm to table, with more than 500 member organizations from almost 100 countries.
Based on evidence from the many presentations made to the conference the declaration also states, "The practical development of organic agriculture throughout the world is living proof that it is a realistic and achievable approach. Organic agriculture can ensure the long-term security of human and material resources, producing sufficient food of high quality while protecting the environment and conserving biodiversity."
The Copenhagen Declaration advocates the FAO to place organic agriculture on the agenda of the World Food Summit : "Organic agriculture provides the means to achieve food security for all. Local, regional and national self-sufficiency in food is our shared goal - we urge the FAO to recognize the part organic production can play in achieving this goal."
The conference in Copenhagen was the 11th IFOAM Scientific Conference. The first was held in 1977 and the next will be held in Argentina in 1998. Conference delegates in Copenhagen voiced their pleasure at the amount of support given to the organic idea at all levels of Danish society including producers, retailers, consumers and official Danish policy. The conference and the organic world exhibition which coincided with it enjoyed the financial backing of the Danish ministries of agriculture and environment respectively, underlining Denmarks pioneering role in organic agriculture.
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Press Release /15 August 1996
The SARD-Mallinckrodt Award
An annual $10,000 award guaranteed for ten years for land stewardship donated by Dr Friedrich Mumm von Mallinckrodt was presented for the first time today at the closing session of the International Conference on Organic Agriculture in Copenhagen.
A ten man jury of well known ecological experts selected three organizations located in Africa, Asia and Latin America as joint winners of the 1996 SARD Award, selected from numerous nominations: Agricultural Renewal in India for a Sustainable Environment (ARISE), India; Kenya Institute of Organic farming (KIOF); and the Cuban Organic Farming Association (ACAO).
Eligibility for nomination was open to individuals or communities/groups from the developing countries who apply an agro-ecological approach to agriculture and food production that makes a difference to the environment and the economy of poor people, fosters gender--sensitive and equitable development and has had a documented impact at policy level and on agricultural education and training schemes.
Commenting on the winners the instituter of the award, Dr Friedrich Mumm von Mallinckrodt, said "ARISE is a grouping of long established initiatives in India focusing on strategic components of sustainability. ARISE brings all its activities together in a national movement with a holistic approach to problem solving. KIOF was established in Nairobi in 1986. The institute encourages sustainable methods for agriculture with operations in many parts of the country. The institute has not only caught the attention of the farming community but also the farm service organizations in the country both private and governmental. ACAO has advanced goals for sustainable agriculture and is working in a very difficult economic situation. Ironically, shortages have forced the Cuban people to find self-sufficient methods to maintain soil fertility and to protect plants with biological methods against pests. ACAO serves as an agro--ecological lighthouse for new organic movements."
Jury members included the well-known Indian physicist, philosopher, and feminist, Dr Vandana Shiva; Mr Bernward Geier, General Secretary, IFOAM, Dr Miguel Altieri and Dr Friedrich Mumm von Mallinckrodt, instituter of the Award.
Dr Mumm von Mallinckrodt decided to donate the cash award because after 25 years work in international organizations applying mostly conventional approaches or half-hearted attempts to finding sustainable methods, he found a new message in the NGO movement when preparing for the Earth Summit. "I am today convinced that organic farming, which is sustainable agriculture in its purest form, is the answer to the fundamental constraints placed on hundreds of millions of the poorest farmers ? women and men. I want this prize to be a recognition and encouragement to the worldwide movement of sensible uses of natural resources."
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Press Release / 14 August 1996
Organic World Exhibition Prize 1996
New international ecology prize instituted at the First Organic World Exhibition which ended in Copenhagen yesterday. The four day event was an outstanding success attracting over 6000 visitors a day.
Over the past few days people have crowded to the First Organic World Exhibition in Copenhagen to see, taste and buy organic products from around the world. Organizers and visitors alike felt that the Exhibition, the first of its kind, was an outstanding success.
The Danish Minister for Business and Industry, Ms Mimi Jacobsen, closed the Exhibition yesterday by presenting the first Organic World Exhibition Prize for the world's best organic food within eight categories. The prize was instituted to heighten awareness of organic produce and quality. The trophies presented to winning entries represent pyramids fashioned from old Danish Elm. When presenting the prizes the Minister said: "Today traditional farmers are acknowledging the success of organic agriculture and are realizing that what they used to consider an unrealistic dreamer is actually a pioneer. And furthermore a pioneer with a very good sense of business. Organic farmers have been able to read the signals given by the consumer: a consumer who demands quality. But in spite of the success of the organic revolution we cannot expect it to develop by itself. Some input is necessary. In this process the First Organic World Exhibition is one element and a wonderful initiative. I believe that this Exhibition will strengthen the development of organic production and make consumers even more aware of the excellence of these products."
Of about 300 exhibitors some 100 entered their produce for the competition which was judged on three components: Gastronomic quality; Processing and ecological considerations and Design.First prizes were awarded for products which excelled in all three areas. The winners were: ?llingegaard Mejeri, Denmark, for its sourmilk; M?lle Skovly, Denmark, for its marcipan; Torfolk G?rd, Sweden, for its rhubarb juice; Two French wines won joint first prize in the alcoholic beverages category: Domaine des Cedres, Cotes du Rhone and Domain Pierre Andr?, Chateauneuf du Pape. Kruidenhandel Piramide,
Netherlands, for its Herbal Tea: "Evening Dream Tea"; Provence Regime, France, for its Sauce Vinaigrette "Tradition" and finally URTEKRAM, Denmark, for its Krunchy Peanut butter.
One of the judges, Ms Henrietta Green, a well-known British journalist and author of the "BBC Food Lovers Guide" stated, "If processed organic food is to make a breakthrough generally it has to preserve integrity of taste and be capable of competing at any level, not just the organic. Produce entered in the dairy and wine categories at the Organic Exhibition could compete with conventional products at every level", she said. Another jury member, Professor Michael S?gaard J?rgensen, commented that "Most produce were very clean in that they were processed almost entirely without additives, and many conventional companies producing organic food took other aspects like the environment, using renewal energy, recycling, promoting local employment and so on into consideration. On the design side, however, the judges voiced disappointment that "no fresh packaging look or breakthrough was attempted. Packaging tended to be romantic, purposely old-fashioned or neutral in style", they said. Apart from Ms Green and Mr J?rgensen the judging panel were: Rene Knudsen, Master Chef; Helle Br?nnum Carlsen, food correspondent ;Ursula Munch Petersen, designer and ceramist.
Simultaneously, the 11th International Conference on Organic Agriculture is being held in Copenhagen, closing Thursday with the presentation of the Copenhagen Declaration to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), represented at the conference by Dr. Tito Contado, with the purpose of making the FAO place organic agriculture on the agenda of the World Summit in November.
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