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31/07/2017

New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation. Analysis of the results of negotiations reveals there are good reasons to be horrified. The organic sector is going to have a hard time in future. However, because numerous amendments are necessary, the final meeting of the EU ministers of agriculture was postponed at the last minute.

The text that was agreed by the negotiators of the three bodies on 28 June comprises 202 pages and it doesn't even contain all the specific stipulations that will apply in future to organic farmers, processors and traders. The EU Commission has still got to supply a lot of detail, such as the list of authorised plant protection products, fertilisers and additives.

We're not getting the organic threshold value, but...

The threshold value of 0.01 mg/kg for pesticide residues in organic products, originally planned by the EU Commission, has been negotiated away. However, EU states that have incorporated such a threshold value in their national law are permitted to retain it. Four years after the Regulation enters into force – which means in 2024 – the Commission will produce a report. So the issue will automatically be on the agenda again.

Contamination with pesticides is likely. Instead of the threshold value what we find in Article 20 of the trilogue document are some formulations that are a cause for concern: there is a whole catalogue of measures for organic farms to go through as soon as there is evidence that a product contains any substance not permitted in organic agriculture. Processors and traders have their internal quality assurance procedures to continually analyse purchased goods and with modern  equipment they can prove the presence of even the minutest trace well below 0.01 mg/kg. If this proved to be the case, the companies concerned would first have to launch an investigation themselves and eliminate any suspicion that the goods infringe organic guidelines. If they are unable to do so, they have to inform their control organisation or the control authorities who will then block the goods and start their own investigation. It has to be concluded within a reasonable time that takes into consideration the durability of the product and the complexity of the case.

How the requirements this this passage of the document are to be carried out in detail will be prescribed subsequently by the Commission in an implementing act. These rules are proposed by the Commission and decided by the member states in an organic agriculture committee. If there is no consensus among the member states, the Commission can, at least theoretically, go ahead and issue the implementing act.

The organic umbrella organisation BÖLW  had already drawn attention to this problematic regulation that had been included only last year during negotiations. “Organic producers should not  be penalised for pesticides and other contaminants that they choose not to use,” said BÖLW chairman Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein. “Unfortunately the  EU Presidency is proposing precisely such a stipulation for the new organic law. And it's doing so, even though it's clear that this is to the detriment of organic and doesn't contribute to more consumer protection. Nor will this rule result in less pesticide being used in agriculture in Germany and the EU.”

Mandatory precautionary measures: “This drives organic farming back into niches”

100% organic is the goal. Following the logic of the new EU Organic Regulation, organic farmers are themselves to blame if their fields and products are contaminated by toxic sprays  used by their conventional neighbours. This is why they are told they should protect themselves by means of “appropriate and reasonable precautionary measures”. According to Article 20, these measures should be based on a risk analysis and should be examined and adapted regularly. Here too, crucial details regarding implementation are still to be supplied by the Commission.

Many organic farmers already protect themselves against contamination by, for example, planting hedges between themselves and neighbours or leaving flower strips. But that's already not always enough to prevent spray drift. “The EU Commission imagines that all organic farmers discuss with their conventional neighbours when they are going to use herbicides or pesticides and whether they are are doing so correctly,” explains Rosi Fritz, the head of quality management at the manufacturer Lebensbaum. She says the organic farmer is obliged to keep a record of conversations so that, if residues are found, he can prove to the control organisation that he took all possible measures to prevent contamination.

Lawyer Hanspeter Schmidt sees another danger. The text could also be interpreted to mean that an organic farmer has to demand of his conventional neighbour that he desists from spraying because it can have a deleterious effect on his organic farming. “Maybe he doesn't have to go court straightaway but what the organic farmer must do, in order to fulfil his duty, is discuss not spraying with his neighbour and  be able to prove to the control organisation that he has done so,” Schmidt writes in an initial analysis of the text of the Regulation, and he issues a warning: “This will bring war to the villages.”

This is why Schmidt, an expert in organic law, considers the new precautionary measures in the Regulation to be a prevention programme: “It prevents organic crops being grown in a diverse landscape. Any farmer would think twice about converting land to organic if he's got conventional neighbours. This drives organic farming back into niches.” For Martin Häusling, chief negotiator in the EU Parliament, no such danger exists: “Organic farmers have a guarantee that basically there is no change to the status quo,” he writes in his evaluation of the outcome of the trilogue.

Animal welfare: exemptions still in place

Up to now, the EU Organic Regulation has defined animal welfare and species-appropriate animal keeping mainly in terms of metrics like the amount of space needed, the length of perches, access to outdoors and the composition of fodder. The state of animals' health played no part in organic controls – and that is likely to remain the case. Although the Commission and member states still have to provide many details, we can already see that the problems associated with organic animal husbandry have not played a part in the new version of the Regulation. The fact that the Regulation now requires animal keepers to have technical knowledge means there is little change.

The exemption of tethered animals on small-scale dairy farms is retained. Whereas the member states had their own  definition of 'small-scale farm', in  the new text 50 animals (excluding offspring) are considered to be small scale. As in the past, debeaking and dehorning are permitted in individual cases. The negotiators seem not to have been worried by the fact that in some countries the exceptions have become the rule. Animals can still be castrated if it benefits product quality or has been common practice. No change has been made to the rule that painkillers or anaesthetics can be given in the case of these interventions. A combination of both would be in the interest of animal welfare.

The rules governing animal stalls stipulated that a maximum of half the area of a stall could consist of a slatted or grating floor. This maximum of a half has been dropped and the area can, therefore, be greater. It is expressly stated that in the case of laying hens the maximum number of birds kept in a single section of a stall is 3000. There are no upper limits for stalls, so that (as already the case) stalls with  30,000 organic hens will be permitted. The upper limits for broilers and turkeys are discontinued and the only rule retained is that in the production of meat “the total area of poultry stalls per production unit must not exceed l,600 m².” Using the current metrics,  that would mean 16,000 birds can be fattened in a single stall.

Conventional protein feed still permitted

In the rules that apply to feed the proportion of feed produced on-farm is raised by 10 percent to 70 percent in the case of ruminants and 30 percent for pigs and poultry. Farms are still permitted to cooperate with other farms “in the region”. There is still no definition of “region”.  Conventional feed can still be used for another five years, but only for piglets up to 35 kg and young birds. The proportion must not exceed five percent and be only protein-rich feed. Rules for keeping game and rabbits have now been included in the Regulation.

 

Seed: trading simplified

Organic seed can in future be traded without having to go through the usual variety authorisation associated with conventional agriculture. Above all, this benefits organically bred open pollinated varieties because these are often more diverse and less uniform than is demanded by seed certification. Because there is hardly a market for regionally adapted organic seed in many EU countries, the exemption still applies that, if such seed is not available, untreated conventional seed can be used – for the next 15  years.

Imports: EU Organic making the world a better place

From the outset there was consensus among the EU institutions: organic imports from third countries into the  EU will in future only be allowed if the farmers in the exporting countries adhere in every detail to the stipulations of the EU Organic Regulation. Existing equivalence agreements will expire within five years and will have to be renewed. This applies to the so-called recognised third countries like India, Argentina, Israel and Canada. In the case of other third countries the Commission can authorise exemptions for individual products for two years. BÖLW chairman Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein describes the consequences: “82 % of all certified organic farmers live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Exporting to Europe will be made more difficult and in some cases impossible for these small farmers. That means we cannot fulfil our development policy obligations.”

Vote in the autumn

In an interview with the leading German organic consumer magazine Schrot&Korn Martin Häusling said: “From political agreement in the trilogue to the final law is a long journey. The legal services of the European Parliament and the Commission will have another look at the draft text. Whatever textual errors there are can be corrected.” However, there shouldn't be any further changes to the actual content. In the autumn the EU ministers of agriculture will vote on the final version in the Council of Minsters and the parliamentarians in the European Parliament. If a majority in either of these bodies were to vote against the revision, it would mean it fails – and the existing EU Organic Regulation would remain in force.

Source: organic-market.info

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03/10/2017

USA: Organic Agriculture Research Act gained support

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit foundation, reports a big success. The Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436) gained crucial bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress recently.

22/09/2017

Canada: 10% increase in organic sales

Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) reports that 66%  Canadian consumers spend at least some of their weekly grocery budget on organic items.

11/09/2017

Research: Quality control anywhere and at all times

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and Fotein BV jointly developed a mobile research facility. It enables research into the quality and preservation of fresh products anywhere in the world

05/09/2017

In Tallinn EU ministers of agriculture must look further than their egg cups

Estonia holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of this year. At their meeting in Tallinn from 3-5 September the topics to be discussed by the EU ministers of agriculture will include the fipronil scandal.

04/09/2017

UK: Soil Association’s Organic September campaign starting in september

After the huge success of last year’s campaign, Soil Association is starting its new Organic September campaign the first of september.

01/09/2017

Important details in marketing Kamut

For a number of years Kamut has been a trend food. It's a grain that can be easily marketed because there's something mystical about it

24/08/2017

BASF wants to stop selling Fipronil as a pesticide

After the European egg-scandal, BASF stops selling Fipronil as a pesticide

21/08/2017

USA: Export and Import balance

USA has become the biggest importer of organic food in the world, with organic making up a large proportion of the imports of particular products.

10/08/2017

Ireland: the possibility of becoming a GMO-free country

Ireland should work towards becoming a GMO-free country in order to maintain biodiversity and to provide a wide selection of seeds for potential international food crisis

31/07/2017

New EU Organic Regulation imminent – an analysis

The organic industry in many European countries reacted with horror when they heard that the Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the Commission have agreed behind closed doors on a revision of the EU Organic Regulation

13/07/2017

Italy: posts new record in organic sales

Nielsen data presented by the Italian Association for Organic Trade AssoBio show a very positive trend in the sale of organic food in Italian supermarkets

07/07/2017

Beyond Organic Skincare have just launched a fabulous new range of Sulphate free organic hair products

A fabulous new range of Sulphate free organic Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-bacterial Hand-wash and Moisturising Body Wash.
 

26/06/2017

Records in U.S. sales 2016 - the $40-billion mark is cracked

End of May the Organic Trade Association OTA published its 2017 Organic Industry Survey at the Annual Policy Conference in Washington D.C.. The survey shows that total sales in 2016 increased to $47 billion US-Dollar

19/06/2017

USA: organic frontrunners in east and west

In California, customers buy organic food more frequently than their counterparts in other federal states

15/06/2017

Up to now no GMO potatoes in Canada

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato

12/06/2017

Italy: rising turnover of organic fruit and vegetables

In 2016, per capita consumption of fruit and vegetables in Italy was 152 kg, around 9 million tonnes were sold, with consumers opting increasingly for organic fruit and vegetables.

09/06/2017

France: organic retail continues to expand

As last year, France is excelling with high growth rates in the organic sector, in terms of both land area and turnover, the increase is impressive

05/06/2017

A positive balance for Fairtrade Austria

Austria is among the top 5 Fairtrade countries worldwide; 92 percent of the population know what the Fairtrade organisation does, 41 percent buy products carrying its label regularly and 81 percent at least occasionally

31/05/2017

Fair trade cracks billion euro barrier

For the first time, turnover of fair trade products in Germany exceeded one billion euros. Consumers spent 1.2 billion euros on fairly traded products – a rise of  18 percent

29/05/2017

Switzerland and China: collaboration agreement signed

five-year bilateral cooperation agreement between China and Switzerland

15/05/2017

UK: Next government must prioritise soil

A news item published by the Soil Association explains that in the run-up to the general election in the UK they are urging all parties to commit to protecting and restoring soil health in their manifestos

10/05/2017

Belgium: glyphosate herbicide ban

The safety of glyphosate is an ongoing issue, with the EU Commission still refusing to put in place legally binding restrictions on glyphosate herbicide. In the light of probable re-authorisation at EU level, member states are taking matters in to their own hands

08/05/2017

Goa Organic

Goa’s melting-pot, culturally diverse population and ‘Popular Vacation Destination’ status have made it home to an ebullient organic community

02/05/2017

New York: protesters seek clarity from TIAA

An article posted by Friends of the Earth last week explains how FOE and a coalition of environmental, human rights and family farm organizations recently delivered a letter with over 100,000 signatures to pension fund management company TIAA...

29/04/2017

USA: millennials and organic – a winning combination

In North America the so called-generation of millennials is adopting organic in a big way: on the farm and on the internet, in the kitchen and in the board room

18/04/2017

The role of changing value chains in a sustainable food system

Resource efficiency, avoidance of waste and biodiversity...

13/04/2017

Qatar: organics on the increase

In Quatar, rising demand for organics means expansion of organic agriculture, higher local production and fewer imports

10/04/2017

USA: Organics on the rise in US households

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has released data showing that organic products are now used in more than 80% of kitchens in US households

04/04/2017

USA: Organic Farming Research Foundation´s report on challenges of organic farming

In the USA the demand for organic food is growing rapidly and there is a need for more research so that farmers can deal with the special difficulties and problems that accompany practising organic agriculture

03/04/2017

Organic Market in Romania

Organic domestic consumption is rising in Romania

29/03/2017

FiBL trial in Bolivia: comparing cacao in agroforestry and monoculture

Thus cacao in conventional monoculture produces higher yields but has a negative environmental impact..

22/03/2017

EU: renouncing palm oil?

Sustainable production and export criteria for palm oil and gradually  abandoning the promotion of biofuel are intended to create better protection of the rainforest and the threatened species that live therein

20/03/2017

Germany the world leader in organic and fair

Organic and Fair: nowhere else in the world is this combination as popular as in the German market. 70 percent of fairtrade goods sold in 2016

14/03/2017

Austria: 30 percent organic by 2025

Austria is continuing to play a pioneer role in Europe in terms of organic. The new target is organic management of 30% of its agricultural land by 2025

10/03/2017

Birkenstock: newcomer to natural cosmetics

It really was a surprise. Birkenstock, the traditional company we associate with healthcare footwear, has ventured into new territory...

09/03/2017

EU organic law: trialogue continues under the leadership of Malta

After a three-month break, the negotiations on the revision of the EU Eco-Regulation under the Maltese Presidency of the Council continue...

06/03/2017

Tea Promoters India: organic future for Darjeeling

Darjeeling, a region in the Himalayas, is synonymous with good tea. During the colonial era the British introduced tea growing and Darjeeling became famous for its tea

02/03/2017

EU Agricultural policy: citizens can submit proposals

EU Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, has launched a survey to find out the opinions of citizens on the future of EU agricultural policy after 2020

24/02/2017

Korea: controversial discussion on new GMO rules

As Korean media reported the government's new rules on genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling on products are into effect since beginning of  February

24/02/2017

UK: organic market tops £2 billion

The 2017 Organic Market Report was launched by the Soil Association on Monday, 21st of February

11/02/2017

Global organic personal care market to reach $25.7 billion

According to the report the global organic personal care market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 9.8% over the next decade to reach approximately $25.7 billion by 2025

06/02/2017

USA: animal welfare rule for the organic sector released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 19 published the final rule on animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry in the Federal Register

30/01/2017

Nuremberg, the organic Metropolis

Much is happening in the organic sector in Nuremberg and beyond the city boundaries. In order to further strengthen the organic sector in the region for the future, organic projects are gathered under the umbrella “Nuremberg, The Organic Metropolis”.

23/01/2017

Canada: majority of consumers still opposed to GM food

According to a report of Producer.com people don’t know much about GM foods, but have a negative feeling when it comes to genetically modified foods

13/01/2017

Germany: sales of organic vegetables booming

According to surveys by the German agricultural information service AMI, there was high demand for organic vegetables in 2016

05/01/2017

Organic cotton from India designed in New York

India is an important supplier of organic cotton...

30/12/2016

EU Court: authorisation of GM soya lawful

The GM soya "Intacta" can continue to be sold in the EU

22/12/2016

Czech Republic: over 1 million Euro to promote organic products

The Czech Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a campaign for the promotion of organic food which aims to boost sales

14/12/2016

Soil is not recognized as a common good

Around 430 organisations joined together to ask Europe to give a right to soil with #People4Soil petition, the first 25.000 signatures have been done - 1 million are needed

12/12/2016

IFOAM EU: we need a new start for the organic regulation

IFOAM EU acknowledges the efforts from the EU Commission, Council and Parliament and is delighted to accept the European Parliament invitation to discuss further developments with organic stakeholders

09/12/2016

EU safety review on glyphosate still pending

Although there has been shown clear evidence of the cancerogen potential of the weedkiller glyphosate by the WHO IARC study and the EU Parliament voted against an extension...

07/12/2016

Kenya: organic farming is productive and resource-conserving

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems

05/12/2016

US National Organic Standards: no GMO 2.0

According to US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) decided last month that new GMO technologies won´t be allowed in organics

28/11/2016

Organic leaders call for a regulation that supports development

More than 140 people from 18 countries met in Sevilla, Spain at the 4th Organic Processing Conference to discuss the future of organic food processing

08/11/2016

Swiss GMO program in India in spite of their own ban

Despite the current ban on genetically modified crops in Switzerland wants to promote the development of transgenic crops in India.

09/10/2016

Europe’s biggest trade agreement reaches its most crucial point

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement mostly referred to as CETA are proposed trade agreements between the European Union and Canada and the United States

09/10/2016

EU Parliament objects to new GMO authorisations

European Parliament voted to oppose the authorisation proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand

26/06/2014

Tips on how to use Connature

Connature is a Contact and Trade online and global platform for the organic market.