French government issues organic farming plan
French agriculture minister Hervé Gaymard has announced a €65m plan to boost the country's poor performance in organic farming. Only 1.4% of arable land in France is farmed organically, well behind leading countries like Austria, where the figure is 11.3%. The plan was welcomed by the National federation of organic farmers (NFBA). But it criticised the absence of any liability protection against contamination by genetically modified crops, which are likely to be approved for growing in Europe in the coming months. See French agriculture ministry and NFBA press releases.