December 2007

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
- Quality characteristics of varieties to be used in organic farming
- Criteria list and evaluation guide for a derogation regime


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:

- How the new Council Regulation relates to the ethical values and principles of the organic agriculture movement
- How the values will be implemented in the rules in the process of transferring the Annexes of (EEC) 2092/91 into new implementation rules, which will start in 2007
- As guidance on how to interpret values and how to handle value conflicts of the Organic Food and Farming sector

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

A precondition for consumer confidence and progress in the development of organic food systems is that organic production takes place in accordance with organic principles and thereby constitutes a genuine alternative to conventional food production.

The objective of a workshop held March 21 was to elucidate possibilities and barriers for increased self-sufficiency in organic farming, and in this way inspire and enhance international and transnational research cooperation.


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.

Organic Revision

Organic Revision (EEC 2092/91 REVISION) is a Specific Targeted Policy Research Project initiated within EU FP 6. The project runs from 2004 to 2007.

Coordinator and contact person
Lizzie M. Jespersen
LizzieMJespersen@
icrofs.org
Phn: +45 89 99 16 85

Objectives
The overall objective of the project is to provide recommendations for development of the EU regulation for organic agriculture.

Organic values
The project will identify the basic ethical values and value differences in organic agriculture and develop a procedure for balancing and integrating the basic values in revisions of the EU regulation.

Standards
It will also establish an organic standards database that enables comparison of national and international organic standards with the EU regulation, and analyse the exposed differences.

Independency
The project will provide recommendations on the derogations of the use of conventional feed and conventional seed in the EU regulation.

The project is carried out with financial support from the Commission of the European Communities