South Korea Hosts International Organic Food Expo
Michael Song, Sept. 18, 2015, 8:52 a.m.
An international organic food expo has kicked off in South Korea's central agricultural town of Goesan to promote sustainable agriculture and ecological life, organizers said Friday. The 2015 Goesan International Organic Expo began in the mountainous town in North Chungcheong Province, for a 24-day run under the theme "Organic Life, Science Meets the Public," they said.
The event is the first of its kind to gather together the world's top two organic food bodies, the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. In the export fairs scheduled on three different occasions, 264 firms from 26 countries and arou d 620 buyers will participate.
The organizing committee expects the expo to generate an economic ripple effect worth more than 170 billion won (US$146 million). The organizing committee aims to attract 660,000 visitors, including 40,000 foreigners. As part of the expo, a symposium on the challenges and future of the world's organic industry will be held from Sept. 20 to 22.
In the event, presented by ISOFAR and the Chungbuk Organic Agriculture Research Center, 29 experts from 18 countries will discuss topics on global food production, ethical dilemmas in agriculture, the quality of food and health.
"Visitors will be able to make special memories and obtain useful information at the expo where organic products from around the world are ready to be tried," North Chungcheong Governor Lee Si-jong said. Tickets can be purchased on site or through online ticket sellers such as Auction and Gmarket. For more information, visit the event's official website at www.2015organic-expo.kr.