No Dutch finalists in the race for the first EU Ecology Awards

Yesterday the finalists go to first annual EU Ecology Awards announced. 24 people are nominated for 8 awards in 7 categories, such as best organic farmer, man / woman, best organic SME, dealer, restaurant, organic district, region or city, from 11 different Member States. The finalists were selected from over 200 entries from 26 Member States. Unfortunately, there are no Dutch individuals or companies among the candidates.

Jan Plagge, President of IFOAM Organics Europe, said: “The finalists for EU Ecological Awards show the innovative potential of the European Ecological Movement and provide inspiring and action-packed examples of how the sector contributes to the goals of EU strategies” from farm to table ‘ and ‘biodiversity’. The current climate crisis with more extreme heat and rainfall across Europe shows that the EU needs to move faster towards an agro-ecological and social agricultural model that is more resilient, fairer, healthier and more knowledge-intensive and based on the Combined crises we face reveal the vulnerability of the agro-industrial model, which is heavily dependent on global imports and exports, fossil fuels and non-circular inputs. ‘sets the right medium- and long-term goals for food security in an insecure and volatile world.’

Eric Gall, Deputy Director of IFOAM Organics Europe, added: “These awards are an inspiration to all those who make our food and agriculture system more sustainable and exploit the potential and example of organic farming. For the awards are based on holistic principles of organic farming – care, health, ecology and justice.The system approach to organic farming should lead to a rethinking of our food system, making it more independent of external inputs, less input-intensive and more resilient.The inspiring achievements of the finalists can serve as an example for many therapists to switch to organic and be part of the solution. “

Award ceremony on 23 September
The winners of the eight awards will be announced at the official awards ceremony in Brussels on September 23, as one of the many events and activities to mark the new annual EU Organic Day.

The finalists in each category are:

Best Organic Farmer (female)

  • Katharina Lichtmannsperger (VLG Obervetterbachgut) – Thalgau, Salzburg, Austria
  • Nazaret Mateos Álvarez (Entresetas) – Paredes de Nava, Palencia, Spanien
  • Sara Vezza (Azienda Agricola Sara Vezza) – Locality Castelleto, Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy

Best Organic Farmer (male)

  • Gianpaolo Mancini (Il Sentiero del Riccio) – Sicignano degli Alburni, Salerno, Campania, Italien
  • David Pejic (Zrno eko imanje) – Dubrava, Zagreb County, Croatia
  • Tom Kass (Kass-Haff S.àrl) – Rollingen, Luxembourg

Best ecological region

  • Occitanie, France
  • Center-Val de Loire, France
  • Valencia, Spain

Best ecological city

  • Municipality of Seeham am Obertrumer See, Salzburg, Austria
  • Troyan Municipality, Bulgaria
  • The city of Vienna, Austria

Best organic biodistrict

  • Cilento Bio-District Association – Campania, Italy
  • Biovallée Association – Eurre, France
  • Centro Municipal Cultura e Desenvolvimento de Ihanha-a-Nova – Centro Region, Portugal

Best organic SMEs

  • Gino Girolomoni Cooperativa Agricola – Isola del Piano, Province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy
  • Goodvenience.bio GmbH – Magdala, Thuringia, Germany
  • Labonca Biohof GmbH – Burgau, Styria, Austria

Best organic retailer

  • Ecoveritas SA – Barcelona, ​​Spain
  • La ferme à l’arbre de Liège – Lantin, Liège, Belgien
  • Bio MERCATO, seiVital GmbH – Kempten, Bayern, Germany

Best organic restaurant

  • Trattino – Lyon, France
  • Lilla Bjers HB – Visby, Gotland, Sweden
  • Kolariks Freizeitsbetriebe GesmbH Restaurant Luftburg – Prater – Vienna, Austria

More information on the candidates, selection criteria and awards in general can be found on the EU Organic Awards website.

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