Learning to live an ... organic lifestyle through Bio School
Bio School seminars also played an important role in the consolidation of the organic-products culture as well as in the further analysis of topics that “beset” both the industry professionals and the consumers.
With a great sense of responsibility and unlimited respect for the environment aiming consequently at a better life for the modern human, both the organizers as well as the speakers who took their place behind the “podium” of Bio School, undertook to inform consumers and industry professionals on a wide range of topics that concern and trouble them. Therefore, leading speakers from the business, academic, journalism and institutional world through panels and presentations elaborated on a broad range of topics around organic products, including both food and beverages as well as cosmetics and packaging; and in particular, their characteristics, the ways they are certified, what their advantages are and much more.
The dozens of visitors who attended the three-day festival of organic products in Technopolis, of the Municipality of Athens, watched with remarkable diligence the discussions of the panelists or lecturers, having the opportunity to express their questions or even their opinion on each topic. Interaction attracted even more attention, which resulted in Bio School receiving the best reviews for its educational role.
Left: A. Triantafyllou, N.Darioti, Maggana Ch., Tsorbatzidou L. during the panel for the organic Cosmetics, Right: Giannis Kambouris (E-LA-WON)
Some of the “lessons” that stood out were the value of antioxidants in diet, the great importance of organic honey in children’s diet, the importance of certification of agro-organic products, the certification standards for organic and herbal cosmetics, what to be cautious of when buying organic products, the new terms introduced into our diet such as “bio”, ‘”organic”, “integrated management products”, “natural”, “biodynamic”; and, finally, the benefits of using environmentally friendly packaging and consumables.
Expert speakers also talked about the characteristics and differences there are in comparison with conventional food and beverages consumed in our everyday life, such as chicken and meat, fruits and vegetables, oil, coffee, snacks, chocolate, wine; but also about superfoods that are gaining more and more ground in our diet.
Left: Koutsoukos Georgios (DXN Greece), Right: Writer Themis Kardiolaka
Among the speakers that shared knowledge and experience were, Ilias Mamalakis, Argyro Triantafyllou and Dimitris Dimitriadis (Agricultural Engineer/representative of DIO and General Director of DIO), Elena Santorinaiou and Dimitris Grammatis (Inspector and Head of the North Aegean Region of TÜV AUSTRIA HELLAS), Themis Kardiolaka (writer of books on children’s nutrition), well-known and acclaimed journalists with deep knowledge of the organic and natural products industry, such as Nana Dareioti, Thalia Tsichlaki, Maria Gkeka, Eleftheria Vasileiadi and many professionals from the field of organic products and eco living, such as Thanos Karathanos, President of the Association of Greek Oenologists, who spoke about organic wines and wines of alternative practices. In particular, he referred to the institutional framework of the particular industry, its production processes as well as the concerns and issues raised around this subject matter. Finally, another interesting speech was that of Panagiotis Nikas from Coffee Expert, who analyzed every aspect of organic coffee: What are the differences in its production method and why should we choose it?
Bio School reschedules its meeting with all those who are thirsty for knowledge, for the next Bio Festival in 2020.
“Every man should live to learn and learn in order to live well”
Mateo Aleman, 1547-1614, Spanish writer
Left: Dimosthenis Brousalis (Dasc Branding Athens), Right: K. Triantafylli, N. Darioti, E. Mamalakis