New report on EEC Regulation 2092/91 in relation to other national and international organic standards
The report presents an analysis of differences between EEC Regulation 2092/91 and other organic standards and their implementation, using a specially developed database (www.organicrules.org). It further reports on database development. The main objective was to identify differences in organic standards in relation to Regulation (EEC) 2092/91 and to analyse selected national governmental and private organic standards with the aim of identifying specific areas in the (EEC) 2092/91 where revision in terms of harmonisation, regionalisation or simplification may be possible.
New reports on seeds and propagation materials
One of the objectives of Organic Revision is to facilitate the reduction of the use of seeds and vegetative propagation materials from conventional sources in organic farming in Europe and to support the EU Commission in the further development of the organic seed regime.
Three new project reports are dealing with:
- Seed born diseases in cereals, legumes and vegetables
New report on values and regulations
A new report from the Organic Revision project aims at giving support to the current and future revision process, particular as regards the reflection process on:
Furthermore, the authors hope to stimulate a discussion process in the organic agriculture movement in Europe and worldwide on how the core values of organic agriculture should be implemented in the standards.
Agreement on a new organic EU regulation
In June 2007 the agriculture ministers from the European Union reached political agreement on a new regulation on organic production and labelling.
The new rules set out a complete set of objectives, principles and basic rules for organic production, and include a new permanent import regime and a more consistent control regime.
The use of the EU organic logo will be mandatory, but it can be accompanied by national or private logos. The place where the products were farmed has to be indicated to inform consumers. Food will only be able to carry an organic logo if at least 95 percent of the ingredients are organic. But non-organic products will be entitled to indicate organic ingredients on the ingredients list only.
The use of genetically modified organisms will remain prohibited. It will now be made explicit that the general limit of 0.9 percent for the accidental presence of authorised GMOs will also apply to organic products. There will be no changes in the list of authorised substances for organic farming.
The new rules also create the basis for adding rules on organic aquaculture, wine, seaweed and yeasts. In the second part of this revision exercise, and building on this new regulation, the existing strict detailed rules will be transferred from the old to the new regulation.
Workshop on self-sufficiency in organic farming
Organic Revision seminar at BioFach 2007
At BioFach 2007 held in Nuremberg, Germany, the Organic Revision project conducted a dissemination seminar. The aim of the seminar was to provide an overall overview of the results of the project.