Communication on an ‘Action plan for the future of organic production in the European Union’

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Series Details COM (2014) 179
Publication Date 24/03/2014
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Communication published by the European Commission in March 2014 setting out an action plan that aims at supporting growth of the organic farming sector in the European Union (EU).

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Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources and the application of high animal welfare standards, and a production method in line with the preference of certain consumer for products using a natural substances and processes. The sector encompasses producers in the agricultural and aquaculture sectors, as well their suppliers, food manufacturers and distributors who all comply with strict rules.

The ambition of the Action Plan is to support the growth of the sector, together with the forthcoming changes to the legislative framework in particular by exploring new medium and long term avenues for solutions to the challenges of supply and demand. This Action Plan also offers a contribution to the objectives set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, and the reviewed Common Agricultural Policy. Taking into account that environmental protection is an overarching objective of organic production, the Action Plan also contributes to the objectives of the 7th Environment Action Programme to 2020.

This Communication was adopted alongside a legislative proposal reviewing rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.

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