15 January 2013 – 10 April 2013
The European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, is holding a public consultation to review the European policy on organic agriculture. All citizens, organisations and public authorities who have an interest in the development of organic farming are welcome to contribute to the consultation. Read more…
Organic farming and production represents a significant part of the EU’s agricultural economy, acting as an alternative for agricultural producers wishing to exploit increasing demand for high quality and environmentally friendly products. Under the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU has supported organic production through finance, policies and laws. Although organic farming only covers around 5% of the EU’s agricultural land, the sector is being driven by increasing demand.
The Commission is seeking views on how best to develop organic farming within the EU. Key issues under consideration include simplifying the legal framework while not diluting standards, the co-existence of genetically modified crops with organic farming, improved control systems and trade arrangements for organic products, and the impact of new labelling rules.
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