Published: October 7, 2020

Category: The Non-GMO Blog

As part of its European Green Deal, the European Commission opened public consultation on its Organic Farming Action Plan (through November 27), putting in place key tools.

The Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies adopted in May 2020 set the goal of achieving 25% of agricultural land dedicated to organic farming by 2030. The Action Plan will boost the organic sector at demand and supply level, through 1) stimulating demand for organic; 2) encouraging increase in organic acres in the EU; and 3) enhancing organic production’s role in fighting climate change and loss of biodiversity.

Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowskisaid, “Organic farming will be a key ally in the transition …towards a more sustainable food system and a better protection of our biodiversity.”

New organic regulations will provide needed resilience—guaranteeing fair competition for farmers while maintaining consumer trust. The legislative entry into force has been delayed for one year, until January 2022.

Finally, an EU agri-food promotion policy will be implemented with a $46.7 million budget promoting organic farming, raising awareness, stimulating demand, and supporting farmers as they transition to organic.

Austria leads the EU in total organic acreage (24%), while Malta has the least (0.4%). EU official Peter Agius says Maltese producers need assistance and an adjustment in requirements to move into organic.

Sources: Modern Diplomacy; Newsbook

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