IFOAM EU calls on Irish EU Presidency to prioritise organic farming in the CAP

The IFOAM EU Group has called on the future Irish EU Presidency to help advance a clearer and more coherent policy framework for the organic sector, as it would help drive sustainability across the agri-food industry through the increased adoption of agro-ecological farming practices. Speaking at the recent Teagasc National Organic Conference in Ireland, IFOAM EU President Christopher Stopes highlighted the importance of ensuring that Member States are able to combine organic farming with relevant measures such as such as quality schemes, innovation, advisory services, investments, cooperation and agri-environment-climate measures together in their rural development programmes to help foster market-led economic growth of organic food and farming. Ireland will take up the 6-month rotating Presidency of the EU at the beginning of 2013.

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