#SIA2020’s lunch meetings

A brand-new format for our professional visitors

For the 2020 edition, the Paris International Agricultural Show has introduced a brand-new format: "lunch meetings" for providing our professional visitors with dedicated content.

 

What is a lunch meeting?

As a professional visitor, you get the unique opportunity to attend a special lunch with a specialist from the agricultural sector and discuss a topical issue:

– Tuesday, 25 February, discuss "farmers, producers of new energies" with Xavier Passemard, GRDF’s head of biomethane.

– Wednesday, 26 February, come and meet Florent Guhl, head of Agence Bio, who will chair a discussion on "organic food – now and in the future".

 

Tuesday, 25 February, "farmers, producers of new energies" with Xavier Passemard, GRDF’s head of biomethane.

Biomethane is a renewable energy, produced locally by methanising agricultural biomass and organic waste. Farmers provide most of the usable reserves and are the main players in this fast-growing sector.

Why start up a methanisation business? How? And what are the conditions for success? This lunch meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of the sector's current economic, societal and environmental situation and talk about its future, as well as answering any questions you may have.

Xavier Passemard trained at the National Agronomics Institute in Paris-Grignon (AgroParisTech). Over more than 15 years, he had a number of roles in the management department of Suez Recycling and Recovery, both in France and at international level. In 2014, he joined ENGIE to set up and grow its methanisation business, and structure the biomethane supply channels. Since 1 January 2019, he has been Head of Biomethane at GRDF.

Wednesday, 26 FEBRUARY – "organic food, now and in the future” with Florent Guhl, head of Agence Bio.

In the face of climate change, organic farming is attempting to provide solutions to bring about production and processing patterns that are more environmentally friendly. This sector is constantly growing: in 2018, more than 90% of people in France said that they had consumed organic products and nearly 75% of them consume organic food on a regular basis.

So the question is, who consumes organic products? What market is there for it? What is the percentage of imported products? What standards are there and who makes the rules? These are all questions that we will attempt to answer at this lunch meeting which will provide you with an insight into the organic market in France.

Florent Guhl is head of Agence Bio, a public-interest group which develops and encourages organic farming in France. Agence Bio wants to improve the level of knowledge that consumers have.

 

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