Parliamentary bill for new Organic Farm Act in Denmark
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The Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Eva Kjer Hansen, has presented a parliamentary bill for a new Organic Farm Act. Since credibility of organic farming and food is vital to the development of the sector, actions that could damage the confidence of consumers will be viewed upon strictly with this new act. (Picture: organic store in Denmark)
Farmers, for example, who have been convicted for animal abuse or neglect within the past five years or for importing illegal medicines, will not be able to obtain a licence for organic farming.
This bill will also tighten the restrictions on existing organic farmers. According to the minister, organic farmers violating the rules relating to the use of medicines, for example, will have their licence revoked immediately for a period of up to five years.
The new bill was drafted on recommendation by the Danish Organic Food Council in which farmers, industry, retail trade and consumers are taking part. The Danish Parliament is expected to pass the act within the next few months.
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