New EU organic farming rules on the table

Commission proposes "simpler" regulations to boost organic agriculture, maintain consumer confidence

Revised EU rules on organic farming tabled by the European commission on Wednesday should support the sector's growth and maintain consumer confidence while simplifying legislation in the area, the EU executive said.

Europe's existing organic farming rules date back to 1991. This summer the commission proposed a wide-ranging action plan designed to help the sector develop further (EED 10/06/05). One regulation proposed on Wednesday updates rules on organic production, labelling and controls. The second revises rules on importing organic produce.

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