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International Organic Food Expo Kicks Off in S. Korea

GOESAN, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- An international organic food expo has kicked off in South Korea's central agricultural town of Goesan to promote sustainable agriculture and ecological lifestyles , 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 ."

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 around 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 lure in 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.

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 .  

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