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Naturland

Inspektorenschulung gross

Naturland welcomes that EU Commission, Council and Parliament have not succeeded in reaching a political agreement on the proposal for a new organic regulation. In a joint declaration signed in Munich, Germany, on 2nd December, a total of 18 organic associations from 15 European countries had shown Brussels the red card.


The organic associations were calling for the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers to cancel the impending trialogue negotiations and to overturn the revision, because the proposals under consideration in Brussels would make no improvements to the regulation. They would instead pose a threat to the economic existence of many organic farms throughout Europe as well as of smallholders in developing countries, because the import rules are not in favour of small organic farmers in developing countries.

 

The organisations had met at the invitation of the two largest German organic associations, Bioland and Naturland, for a two-day conference in the vicinity of Munich where they had held intensive discussions on the current status of the revision of the organic regulation.

 

Background:
After almost three years of negotiations on a new EU organic law, the Commission, the Parliament and the Council of Ministers were keen to conclude them by the end of the year, even though no break-through has been achieved in almost any of the controversial aspects.
To cite one example: consideration is still being given to the fatal proposal that organic farmers can in future be held responsible for contamination with pesticides which not they but their neighbouring farmers who practice conventional agriculture. Such contamination from pesticide drift cannot be completely avoided, however much care is taken. To now make organic farmers responsible would be turning the “polluter pays” principle upside down and effectively make organic agriculture impossible in many locations.

 

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