|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 210 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
More than 15 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 than 210 member organisations spanning the entire food chain: farmers & processors, retailers, certifiers, consultants, traders, researchers, and environmental & consumer advocacy bodies
- Strategic alliances with other NGOs
Ensuring support for the development of agro-ecological approaches and organic farming under the Commission’s proposal for the future CAP. Organic farming is eligible for support under both pillars of the CAP via Eco-Schemes and Rural Development. The European Parliament’s Environment Committee went even further, requesting Member States to define a clear strategy for their organic sector under the CAP Strategic Plan and by assigning a budget to Eco-Schemes.
Winning EU funding for organic development through extensive work on the EU research and innovation policy for agriculture, together with TP Organics. Organic farming is mentioned in the legal texts of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. In Horizon 2020 more than €400 million has been allocated to organic topics and to calls explicitly mentioning that organic farming should be addressed.
Shaping the new EU organic regulation by working with the European Commission, the EU Member States and the European Parliament. Between 2012 and 2018, IFOAM EU continuously provided political and technical input to the revision of the organic regulation. Our advocacy activities were crucial to reach a new organic regulation (EU 2018/848), which will stimulate the development and fit the needs of the organic sector from 2021 onwards.
First IFOAM EU chair of the Commission Advisory Group on Organic Farming was IFOAM EU president Francis Blake, elected in 2004, while former president Christopher Stopes was elected Chair in 2011. Current IFOAM EU president Jan Plagge is Chair of the Civil Dialogue Group on the Common Agricultural Policy.
Funding a research & innovation platform 2007 marked the start of what has become an influential advocacy platform for organic research & innovation, TP Organics. More than 100 organisations are involved, and since 2013 it is officially recognised by the European Commission as a European technology platform.
Maintaining a legislation on GMOs and new genetic engineering techniques together with civil society and environmental NGOs since 2005. The fight to make Europe GMO-free continues through IFOAM EU’s “Keeping GMOs out of food” project, which has been running since 2014.
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.
Developing almost 200 common positions and bringing the reality of organic farming to decision-makers, based on the expertise and diversity of organic producers and operators. This is the movement’s and IFOAM EU’s strength!
Giving organic farmers, processors, retailers and certifiers 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), farmers (2012), retailers (2018) and certifiers (2019).
European organic congresses and conferences attended by high-level policy makers and authorities, and recognised as key events for being informed about Europe-wide developments, for providing input to IFOAM EU positions and for networking.
Leading organic processing by working on products and techniques to be allowed in organic processing, by pushing for reaching 100% organic ingredients and by asking for even more transparent labelling.