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Wednesday, 07 October 2015

EU: Tighter control of organic-food imports

Next week (13 October), the European Parliament will vote on whether to accept the European Commission’s proposal to tighten rules concerning organic farming in the EU. This will also include whether to accept tighter controls on organic food imports from third non-EU countries. Under proposed rules, organic farmers in the EU would be subject to stricter limits on pesticide use in comparison to conventional farming. This has received much criticisim. Indeed, there seems to be parliamentary support for the rejection of stricter limits in organic production, such as synthetic pesticide levels. On imports, experts have suggested that the EU should work to align its standards with those of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) due to the current long-standing issues on requesting third country imports to comply with EU standards.

Source: euractiv.com