EU Organic Food and Farming Policy


In recent years, EU policymakers have slowly come to recognize the dual role of organic farming. On the one hand, it strives to meet the consumers’ demand for high quality products; on the other, it fulfils an important role in securing certain public goods. For the first time, public good delivery constitutes a significant part of both CAP direct payments (Pillar 1) and rural development (Pillar 2).

Despite these developments measures under Pillar 2 are still the main drivers for the growth of organic farming and greater sustainability. Innovation including the transition to agro-ecological production systems is also a priority of the next programming period, and will be promoted through the newly established European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI).

Support for agricultural innovation implemented under the EIP-AGRI come from both RDPs and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. At the same time policy and legislation on organic food and farming including plans to develop a new EU Organic Action Plan in 2014 and revise the Organic Farming Regulation in the next legislative term 2014-2019 as well as other EU policies have significant implications for the development of organic farming and agro-ecological approaches. > more

Photograph © Erkki Pöytäniemi

Organic in Europe: Prospects and Development

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