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Commission needs to address holistic farm solutions

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“The Commission-leaked draft Communication “The CAP towards 2020” correctly identifies the challenges that need to be met with the new CAP: food security, climate change and other environmental challenges, as well as territorial balance. It also sets three main objectives for the future CAP that clearly indicate into the right direction. But it completely fails to reveal ways on how farming must develop to meet these challenges,” criticises Christopher Stopes, President of the IFOAM EU Group. “In order to address green growth and innovation the paper mentions the adoption of new technologies, the development of new products as well as change in production processes but strongly ignores sustainable system approaches that are already existent.”
 
“We believe that some improvement - compared with the current CAP - can be reached by adapting the more balanced, targeted and sustainable support option but we call on Commissioner Cioloº and his colleagues to seriously improve this draft to point at system approaches such as organic farming to deliver solutions for the challenges the Commission has so clearly lined out,” adds Thomas Fertl, Vice-President of the IFOAM EU Group. “We need to apply and further develop such approaches as investment in the fertility of our soils and long term food security. Organic farming performs well on climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, the delivery of clean water and stable soil while producing high-quality food and should therefore be prioritised in all CAP axes and measures.“
 
“Being an engine in rural employment and sustainable lifestyles, organic farming can greatly contribute to sustainable, smart and inclusive growth in European rural areas”, underlines Marco Schlüter, Director IFOAM EU Group. “The challenges we are facing are complex and interwoven. We cannot meet them with single approaches, facing problems one by one. We need serious investment now to keep small farmers that contribute to the diversity of wild species, of landscapes and of the diversity of plant varieties and animal breeds in our food chain in business – and we need to invest into the conversion to and maintenance of organic farming in order to promote farming systems that lead to a food system resilient to climate change and other future challenges.”

IFOAM EU Group

 


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