Health, Sustainability and the Global Economy

Colin Fisher, the co-chairman of the first IFOAM Conference which was held in Sissach in Switzerland in 1977, began the final summary to the conference by quoting the words of Poincare “To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” (Fisher 1978).

Nearly twenty years on is a good time to reflect on what this international movement has achieved, where it has been and where it seems set to go.

But what is a movement? The synonyms are more relevant than the definition; action, activity, advance, agitation, campaign, change, crusade, development, faction, ground swell, grouping, operation, organisation, party, progress, stirring. It implies agreement between people to move towards change; it implies challenge; it implies a dynamic and it implies a goal.

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