Grow Green
Food and Farming Systems for a Climate-Friendly Future

1–2 June 2021, Online Webinar

2021 Speakers

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Speakers and panellists

Axel Anders

Axel Anders, M. A., studied psychology, drama, linguistics and business administration in France and Germany. Already during his university years, he became involved in the organic farming movement and came into contact with the organic pioneer Adolf Hoops back in the early 1980s. Although his professional journey took him in a different direction in language teaching, international business and publishing, his interest in organic farming remained alive. In 2016, when recognizing the need for a consistently vegan form of organic agriculture he connected German stakeholders in veganic farming with the Biocyclic Network in Greece/Cyprus, thereby initiating the development of “Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture”. 
Currently Axel Anders lives and works in Berlin. As a co-founder and partner of the Berlin-based Adolf Hoops Society, the international standard and label organization for biocyclic vegan agriculture and coordinating body for the International Biocyclic Vegan Network, he is primarily involved in the international development of the biocyclic vegan activities. Axel Anders is also a board member of the German Association Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau. 

Dr. Johannes Eisenbach

Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach, originally from Germany, is a trained farmer and agricultural economist. Involved in the organic movement since the early 1980s, he relocated to Greece in 1995 where he played a major role in the development of organic agriculture. In addition to providing training and consultancy for conversion farms, he has built up an extensive distribution network to give producers from Greece and Cyprus, mostly small-scale family farms, access to the international export markets. In collaboration with the German organic pioneer Adolf Hoops and his son Arne, he developed the Biocyclic Standard, which later expanded to become the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.
Together with Arne Hoops and Axel Anders, Johannes Eisenbach is a co-founder and partner of the Berlin-based Adolf Hoops Society, the international standard and label organization for biocyclic vegan agriculture and coordinating body for the International Biocyclic Vegan Network. He is the chairman of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard Committee and of the German Association Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau. He also coordinates the Panhellenic Biocyclic Vegan Network in Greece and Cyprus and is the director of the Cyprus-based marketing platform O.M.E.N. Organic Marketing & Export Network Ltd. In 2020 he became a member of the Scientific / Editorial Committee of the Growers’ Forum at IFOAM AgriBioMediterraneo (ABM). 

Louise Davies

Louise has been leading The Vegan Society as CEO since January and also holds responsibility for their campaigns and policy work, which calls for system change to support a transition to plant-based food and farming. The Vegan Society is the world’s oldest vegan organisation and works to make veganism an easily-adopted and widely-recognised approach to reducing animal suffering and environmental damage. Since joining The Vegan Society in late 2016, Louise has developed a programme of initiatives to drive both behaviour change and system change. The Vegan Society’s Grow Green campaign has benefited from a report from the respected New Economics Foundation; a conference held in London attended by policy-makers, NGOs and politicians; and political support from across the spectrum. Prior to joining The Vegan Society, Louise worked for the Green Party and has founded and directed enterprises in the field of sustainability.

Floriana Cimmarusti

Ms Cimmarusti is an international lawyer with twenty years of work experience gained in Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. After graduating in Law, she obtained a Master in Law, Economy and Politics of the European Union from the European College of Parma and graduated with a Master in Laws LLM at the University of Geneva. She worked with a European law firm in Brussels, a multinational company and a Swiss bank, gaining experience as a lobbyist in the European banking and financial sector. Since 2015, she covered the role as Secretary General of Safe Food Advocacy Europe, a European organization operating in 11 Member States and representing more than 2 million consumers. Ms Cimmarusti oversees SAFE’s advocacy campaigns to promote safer and more understandable EU food legislation for consumers, and represents the organization in the most important stakeholders groups in Brussels. 

Eleonora Evi MEP

Eleonora Evi is an Italian Member of the Greens/EFA Group of the European Parliament. She is a full member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Petitions and the Inquiry Committee on the Protection of animals during transport. She is substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Eleonora is also Vice-Chair of the Animal Welfare Intergroup of the European Parliament and Co-Chair of the Cage-Free Farming Working Group.

Luigi Tozzi

Luigi Tozzi is a Senior Manager in Quality Production and Food & Feed Safety at Confagricoltura (Italian farmers organization). He is the Vice-Chairman of the COPA COGECA working group on organic production. Between 2019 and 2021, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Civil Dialogue Group on organic production of the EU Commission. He is also an expert stakeholder in an EFSA discussion group.

Tilly Metz MEP

Tilly Metz is a Luxembourgish Member of the European Parliament and part of the Greens/EFA Group. She is a member of five committees, among them the committees on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport, which she chairs. Tilly Metz is a shadow rapporteur for the Parliament's report on the Farm2Fork strategy,  as well as for the Horizontal Regulation of the Common Agriculture Policy. Among her priorities on food and farming policies, are supporting a shift towards healthier diets, encouraging a transition to agroecology, and ensuring higher animal welfare standards.

Tim Thorpe

Tim Thorpe is a Senior Campaigns and Policy Officer at The Vegan Society. He has a background in Environmental Sciences with an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. Since then Tim has worked in the conservation sector, most recently on a large EU LIFE funded river restoration project in the UK. Tim is a spokesperson for The Vegan Society on environmental and farming Issues and he leads the Grow Green campaign, which aims to change policy and enable a transition towards plant-based agriculture and sustainable land management as a critical part of Europe's response to the climate crisis.

Francisco Guerreiro MEP

Francisco Guerreiro is an independent Portuguese Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) since 2019. He is the first Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), and a full member of the Committees on Budgets (BUDG) and on Fisheries (PECH). Francisco is also a substitute member of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT). He is a full member of the delegations for relations with the Korean Peninsula and a substitute member for the delegation for relations with Japan. Furthermore, he is Vice-President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and a member of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, two causes that are dear to him. He also participates in the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) of the FAO of the United Nations in the European Parliament.

Nick Jacobs

Since 2015, Nick Jacobs has served as Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems at IPES-Food. He previously worked in the support team to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and as an agri-food journalist. Nick holds an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Globalization and Development from the University of Antwerp. Nick has led IPES-Food’s work on a Common Food Policy for the EU, agroecology, and the health impacts of food systems. He was a member of the Food 2030 Independent Expert Group convened by the European Commission in 2018, and served as expert to the European Economic and Social Committee rapporteur on the EU Farm to Fork Strategy in 2020.