COMAGRI MEPs recognise role of organic farming in future EU promotion policy

MEPs in the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee tabled a report on 25 September which calls for more active stimulation of organic production and promotion due to the increasing demand for organic products. The report in response to the Commission communication on the future of EU information provision and promotion activity will be presented for a vote in plenary in November. Elsewhere the IFOAM EU office participated in a conference entitled “Towards a more ambitious EU Promotion Policy for Agriculture Product” which took place in the European Parliament on 17 September. The IFOAM EU Group has outlined that the organic sector can play an instrumental role in promoting sustainable production and food consumption and therefore the potential of organic production must be clearly recognised under future EU’s future information provision and promotion of agricultural products. The Commission is scheduled to publish legislative proposals in mid-2013

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