Food fraud, sustainability and organic trends to feature at Asia's Sustainable Foods Summit

By Gary Scattergood

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Food fraud, sustainability and organic trends to feature at Asia's Sustainable Foods Summit

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Organic food pioneers, high-level government ministers and the UK's head of food crime will be taking to the stage at Asia's Sustianable Foods Summit in Singapore next month.

The event will hone in on organic market potential, food fraud & authenticity, sustainable ingredients, and marketing best-practices.

Taking place in Singapore on 28-30th November, the summit begins with an update on sustainability developments H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister of Agriculture & Forests of Bhutan, will share the country’s commitments to sustainable development.

The country has become the ‘poster child’ for sustainability since it leads in organic agriculture, climate change mitigation, as well as food security, and clean water. With metrics commonly used in sustainability, the minister will also discuss the implications of its Gross National Happiness Index.

The Organic Market Potential session will discuss approaches to encourage organic food production and consumption. Although Asia houses 60 percent of the global population and has some of the richest consumers, its share of the global organic food market is less than 10 percent.

Organic obstacles

Raj Seelam, Founder and CEO of the leading Indian organic food enterprise Sresta Natural Bioproducts, will highlight the major obstacles operators face in Asia. Vitoon Panyakul, executive director of Green Net, will show how internal markets for organic products can be developed, before Andrew Monk from Australian Organic will discuss consumer behaviour. 

With food fraud and mislabelling rife in Asia, a dedicated workshop will feature food fraud and authenticity. Andy Morling, head of food crime UK (Food Standards Agency), will show how organised crime syndicates are now targeting the food industry. 

Amarjit Sahota, president of Ecovia Intelligence, organiser of the summit, said: “There is a growing realisation that the food industry plays an important role in resolving many of the sustainability issues we face; by hosting this summit, ​we want to ensure Asia is also part of the solution.”

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