Recognition for organic is rare good news in rough CAP deal

27 June 2013

The shape of the Common Agricultural Policy in Europe is now agreed. The Soil Association warmly welcomes the fact that there is now an explicit legal article that supports organic farming (Article 30) in the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) regulation.

The shape of the Common Agricultural Policy in Europe is now agreed. The Soil Association welcomes the fact that there is now an explicit legal article that supports organic farming (Article 30) in the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) regulation. 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, which was the ambition when the reform process started two years ago.

Previously, organic farming has been included as one element in agri-environment schemes. The new shape of CAP for 2014 to 2020 also specifically supports organic farming in Pillar 1, recognising it as ‘green by definition,’ and being able to deliver many important benefits.

The European Parliament highlights the need for more investment for organic food and farming specifically, and in agroecological farming generally. Furthermore, the ‘European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity & Sustainability’ recognises the importance of such systems as a way to ‘promote resource efficiency, productivity and the low-emission and climate-friendly/-resilient development of agriculture and forestry.’

Emma Hockridge, Head of Policy at the Soil Association said:
“This has generally been a rough deal for wildlife, the countryside and farmers. One of the few good outcomes of the CAP reform process has been clear support for organic farming, recognising its benefits for the environment and the rural development. The UK Government must now follow the lead of other EU countries in supporting organic farming, for example by developing innovative schemes as part of the Rural Development Programme. Countries that already do this have seen the area of organic farming increasing, providing many wider public benefits, and their organic markets thrive through the global recession”.
 

Notes to Editors
 
 
For further information on how other EU countries have supported organic farming please see: http://www.soilassociation.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0DLNEXzSlJk%3D&tabid=387
 
With thanks to the IFOAM EU group for their analysis of the CAP reform outcomes. For further information please see http://www.ifoam-eu.org/
 
European Commission overview of the agreement including details of EIP:
 
If you would like to arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office:
Natasha Collins-Daniel, Press Office Manager – 0117 914 2448 / 07827 925380
ncollins-daniel@soilassociation.org
 

 






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