EU Commission publishes report on the results of the Organic Consultation (Jan-April 2013)
The vast majority of the almost 45,000 responses to the EU Commission's online consultation on organic came from consumers. Some highlights from the Commission's analysis of the results: Concern for the environment is the first reason given for purchasing organic products (83%), with avoiding GMOs and pesticides coming in second (81%). Consumers perceive a need to have harmonised and demanding organic regulations, and request that organic processors and traders measure their environmental performance. Nevertheless, 71% said they trust organic products today. More research & innovation support is requested for organic in four areas: "Economic and social dimension of organic farming" (58%), "Seeds and plant propagating material adapted to low-input agriculture" (52%), "Local production of protein in-rich crops" (48%) and "Waste management".
Commission press release
Commission executive summary