Common Agricultural Policy 2013

The shape of the Common Agricultural Policy in Europe was agreed at the end of June 2013. We welcome the explicit legal article that supports organic farming (Article 30) in the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) regulation. Previously, organic farming has only been included as one element in agri-environment schemes.

This was one of the few good outcomes in a deal that has otherwise done little to achieve a greener and fairer future for EU agriculture. The new shape of CAP for 2014 to 2020 also specifically supports organic farming in Pillar I, recognising it as ‘green by definition,’ and being able to deliver many important benefits.

We are continuing to press for the UK government and devolved nations to ensure a good deal for organic farmers in recognition of the high level of environmental and other services the system delivers.