Honorary plaques for the multifaceted work of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropygian Monastery of Panagia Akrotiriani and Saint John the Theologian Toplou Sitia was awarded to the Metropolitan of Ierapitnis & Sitia KIRILLO and to Abbot of the Monastery the Archimandrite Philotheos Spanoudakis on the morning of Monday at the 10th International Conference “BIONANOTOX 2019”, organized by the Department of Forensic Science and Toxicology of the Medical School of the University of Crete from 6/5 up to 9/5 at a central hotel in Amoudara of Heraklion, with the participation of leading scientists and other representatives of research from Russia but also from other countries.

Toplou Monastery, following the centuries-old tradition and building on the cultivation experience of the Fathers, combines the ascetic tradition and spirituality of the Orthodox Church with the sustainable and organic agriculture at the eastern end of Crete. It is well known that the Monastery, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, is a leader in the organic cultivation of vine and olive groves. It has separate production and standardization facilities for each organic product, ie winery, oil mill, distillery and beekeeping. Therefore what it produces, standardizes and promotes in the domestic and international market is biological, having a unique focus on respect for the environment and the local tradition of healthy eating.