IFOAM EU, representing more than 210 organic food and farming members in the European Union, on Thursday called for a target of 20 percent organic land in the EU.
IFOAM EU’s call comes as the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, is expected to release the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategy, which is part of the new European Green Deal., a package of measures aimed at cutting emissions, investing in research and innovation, and preserving Europe’s natural environment.
According to IFOAM EU, organic farming should be at the core of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategy.
“The Farm to Fork strategy should build on the success of organic farming to provide European citizens with a credible and engaging vision for an EU sustainable food production system,” said Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU president, speaking from the Biofach organic trade show in Nurnberg, Germany. “Targets for organic land and consumption, combined with a new organic action plan, would ensure that Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans contribute to a balanced growth of organic production and demand, and develop the whole organic supply chain.”
To support this ambition, the post-2020 CAP budget should be at least maintained at its current level. Moreover, IFOAM EU calls for 70 percent of the CAP budget to be earmarked for action on the climate, environment and animal welfare.