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Organic sector disappointed by Commission proposal | EurActiv

The Commission's attempts to reform organic farming regulations aimed both to ease certain controls and establish stricter production conditions. But France's organic farmers have not been impressed by the proposed changes, largely designed to reassure consumers, which they say may end by hampering production.

...Étienne Gangneron, the president of the Organic Agency, has described the Commission proposal as illogical. "The existing legislation can certainly be improved upon, but the reforms put forward by the Commission have surprised us all. They are not what the sector or the member states were asking for. This is a Commission initiative, and it generally makes no sense," he said, adding that the public consultation was largely ignored by the European executive when it came to preparing the final text.

The reform package also includes a proposal to lower the test thresholds and the level of analysis that organic farms are required to undergo. But according to Gangneron, organic farmers "willingly" subject their businesses to the current annual compulsory test and unannounced spot check.

For him, the controls placed on imported organic produce represent a greater problem. There are about 300 different organisations regulating organic produce in Europe, and he says that the harmonisation of standards and laboratory testing is essential "in order to reassure consumers".



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:36:30 PM EST
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