IFOAM EU position paper on ‘Plant reproductive material and the new organic regulation'
Following the adoption of the basic act of the new EU Organic Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/848), the European Commission started working on the adoption of the delegated and implementing acts. These acts will fine-tune the details of the regulation.
IFOAM EU published a position paper regarding seeds and plant reproductive material. This paper highlights the areas that require more attention and possible actions (see the political hotspot for details)
The new Organic Regulation could be a step forward for organic farmers to access more and diversified seeds and other plant reproductive materials. However, it will depends on how it will be implemented .
Moreover, in December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP). This document is meant to protect the right to seeds to peasant farmers and ensure biodiversity. In April 2019, the Geneva Academy published an academy briefing, “The Right to Seeds – The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and the Protection of Right to Seeds in Europe”. IFOAM EU was involved in the process of creating this document that highlights steps the EU and the EU Member States can take to better protect the right to seeds in Europe. Read the full academy briefing