The EC rectifies: They reject the proposal that forced 25% of European agricultural production to come from organic products

At the beginning of 2021, the European Commission presented its new strategy for European agriculture for the coming years: Brussels’ objective is that by 2030, at the end of the next period of aid from the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC 2022-2027), by At least 25% of the European agricultural area is cultivated organically. This was a proposal directly supported by Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the EU. But the European Parliament has voted against. EU member states now have to define their own strategies, on the basis of which the European Commission must publish some kind of action plan within two years.

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Fighting climate change and achieving healthier and more environmentally friendly food production are the main reasons behind this aspiration of the community authorities. “The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic showed how vulnerable we are, as well as the importance of restoring the balance between human activity and nature. Climate change and the loss of biodiversity constitute a clear and current danger for humanity”, declared the executive vice-president responsible for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, who defended that “it is necessary to increase from the current 8% to at least 25%. % the area devoted to organic farming in the EU”. “It is necessary to improve people’s health,” he stressed.

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