For more organic in Europe

and against a full revision of the EU Organic Regulation!

Nuremberg Organic Declaration

Tell Brussels NOT to create obstacles to organic!
Europeans want MORE organic – not less!

Despite firce criticism, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, the European Parliament and the EU Agriculture Council want to move forward with the European Commission’s plan for a full revision of the EU Organic Regulation. The Commission’s draft legislation fundamentally calls into question Europe’s current rules for organic farming and organic food.

The EU’s organic rules were just revised a few years ago. Now there are plans to rewrite them entirely for no valid reason. This will create a completely new legal framework and expose practitioners and market participants to major uncertainty.

The new regulations would severely cripple further development of organic farming and the organic food sector, jeopardizing growth and jobs in the organic sector across Europe. Even the European Commission itself admits that a full revision will reduce organic agriculture and the organic food sector. It would do so even as demand for regional organic food continues to rise and the spread of organic production methods promises to guarantee more clean drinking water, greater species diversity and improved employment opportunities in rural areas.

The proposed full revision would have disastrous consequences: fewer regional organic products for consumers, fewer jobs and reduced protection for Europe’s environment, climate and biosphere.

Let us unite for more organic agriculture in Europe!

We want an increase of organic agriculture in Europe. We steadfastly oppose the European Commission’s plan for a full revision. The proposed revision must be prevented from taking effect.

We appeal to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU member states not to implement the current draft revision, but to continue fie-tuning the organic statutes based on the EU Organic Regulation currently in place.

What We Want

What We Must Prevent

More organic food and agriculture in Europe! More regional organic products!

Insufficient organic products in the face of rising demand.

To harness the organic market to create more employment and growth, especially in rural areas.

The full revision would prevent the creation of new jobs and eliminate endangered ones. Some 200,000 jobs in Europe's organic sector hang in the balance.

Continued development of the existing, tried and tested EU Organic Regulation. Without a secure and dependable legal framework, the incentive to convert to organic farming or to make new investments will fade.

Discouraging market participants with uncertainty. This would obstruct the advancement of the organic market for no good reason.

The rules governing the development and processing of organic products should remain paired with the inspection system under the EU Organic Regulation.

Lumping together the inspection system for organically grown food with general food supervision will water it down instead of refiing it.

The tried-and-tested system of monitoring organic products all the way "from farm to fork" must be preserved and fie-tuned. The process monitoring system guarantees organic products a high level of credibility.

If only fiished products are tested to determine whether they may be counted as organic, producing with organic methods will become too risky for companies.

No special residue and contaminant limits for organic products.

Different residue and contaminant limits for conventional versus organic products. Organic companies should not be held accountable for their conventional neighbours' pesticide use.

More security for imported organic products.

Unrealistic import regulations and inadequate supervision of inspection sites outside Europe. This must be put to an end.

The organic sector must remain capable of developing. Therefore practical, transitional regulations must stay in place and be periodically adjusted as circumstances allow.

The introduction of excessive, infeasible constraints. This would considerably cripple organic production, processing, and trade and prevent new players from entering the organic market.

Organic agriculture must be possible in all regions of the EU. For that to be successful, there must be an allowance for adapting implementation of the production rules to region-specific circumstances.

An inflxible framework that makes it impossible to adapt the regulations to the varied geographical, climatic and cultural conditions at the regional and national levels.

The underlying production and monitoring rules must be designed jointly by member states and the European Parliament.

The European Commission dictating critical regulations after the fact on a unilateral basis.