Organic farming part of solution to meeting limited progress on EU biodiversity commitments

Brussels – Today’s publication of the European Commission’s mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 shows that the agricultural sector has not made major progress in delivering on the EU’s biodiversity commitments to 2020. Such efforts are critical to futureproof the agricultural sector’s performance on environmental and climate action. The report also recognises organic farming’s biodiversity, green growth and job creation credentials with organic farms attracting a greater number of younger people into the agri-food sector and providing 10-20 % more jobs per land area than conventional farms

Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director said, “More concrete efforts are needed to protect and enhance biodiversity and agrobiodiversity which are necessary for ensuring farm resilience and our long-term food security." He added that “increasing our overall agri-food chain sustainability contributes not only to the delivery of environmental public goods, but also towards meeting EU citizens’ demand for high quality food production, whilst supporting the development of our rural areas”.

Eric Gall, Policy Manager, said “The results of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 mid-term review must be seen as a clear signal that that stronger links between Common Agricultural spending and ecosystem services delivery are urgently needed to safeguard and restore biodiversity. He added, “Concretely this means that future architecture of the CAP must be geared towards stimulating the development of agroecological practices and organic farming systems as these approaches represent real solutions for biodiversity and the environment”.

For more information on organic farming’s biodiversity credentials please see IFOAM EU Input to Evidence Gathering for the Fitness Check of the EU Nature Directives (April 2015)

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