IFOAM EU calls for organic food and farming to be prioritised under the MFF Post-2020
IFOAM EU has called on Member States to prioritise organic food and farming in the EU’s future Budget under the so Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) Post-2020.
In an open letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, IFOAM EU stresses that the next MFF must enable a more prosperous and sustainable Europe that delivers an ambitious implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The letter highlights the role that organic food and farming can play in achieving more sustainable food systems, pointing to the fact that the organic market is growing fast and is proof that European citizens demand high quality food that also delivers a range of societal benefits. However, to leverage the full potential of the organic food and farming, IFOAM EU says that it is essential to prioritise organic sector development under the next EU budget by:
- Making best use of organic farming, under a reformed Common Agricultural Policy, to fully implement the principle of public money for public benefit and thereby develop the organic farmland area in Europe;
- Investing in organic SMEs and entrepreneurship through smart use of the EU’s Cohesion Policy to better enable urban and rural businesses to thrive and flourish and stimulate the development of a diversity of marketing channels that foster a fairer distribution of value;
- Dedicating at least 10% of the total agri-food research and innovation policy budget for organics to maintain a strong agronomic and ecological knowhow at farm level and to stimulate the development of more sustainable supply chains.