|IFOAM EU is the European umbrella organisation for organic food and farming. We fight for the adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems based on the principles of organic agriculture – health, ecology, fairness and care. With more than 180 member organisations our work spans the entire organic food chain and beyond: from farmers and processors, retailers, certifiers, consultants, traders and researchers to environmental and consumer advocacy bodies.|
Milestones of the last decade
10 years of advocacy for sustainable food and farming
Organic presence at the heart of the EU
- High level of influence on relevant EU policies and institutions
- Unified organic voice now heard at all levels of the European institutions
- More than160 member organisations spanning the entire food chain: farmers & processors, retailers, certifiers, consultants, traders, researchers, and environmental & consumer advocacy bodies
- Strategic alliances with other NGOs
Shaping EU organic regulation by brokering consensus on the basic Organic Regulation as well as for implementing rules on wine, aquaculture and yeast, for example.
Ensuring support for the development of agro-ecological approaches and organic farming under succesive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms, as well as securing the European Commission's recognition of organic farming for its enhanced environmental delivery, production of high quality food and contribution to sustainable rural development.
First IFOAM EU chair of the Commission Advisory Group on Organic Farming was former president Francis Blake, elected in 2004, and current president, Christopher Stopes, was elected chair in 2011.
Preventing the acceptance of GMO traces in non-GMO seed together with civil society and environmental NGOs in 2005. The fight to make Europe GMO-free continues.
Avoiding an EU Ecolabel for food in 2012 which would have caused consumer confusion and unfair competition for the organic label. Maintaining recognition of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable food system available was key to this success.
Founding a research & innovation platform, and obtaining official recognition: Year 2007 marked the start of what has become an influential advocacy platform for organic research & innovation, TP Organics, with more than 70 organisations involved.
Keeping private standards alive by ensuring EU Organic Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 agreed in 2007 allowed private standards to continue to be the frontrunners they are.
Presenting almost 200 common positions to decision-makers, founded on the diversity of organic producers and operators. This is the movement's and IFOAM EU's strength!
European organic congresses and conferences attended by high-level policy makers and authorities, and recognised as key events for beiing informed of Europe-wide developments, for providing input to IFOAM EU positions and for networking.
Giving organic processors and farmers a voice within IFOAM EU, and making sure that they have space to form positions on issues relevant to their unique needs, by setting up interest groups for organic processors (2006) and farmers (2012).
Leading organic processing by calling for environmental performance standards to be introduced for organic processing and trade, and pushing for stricter definition of additives used in organic production, e.g., by asking for the revision of the requirements and specific standards for organic flavours.