Organic sector disappointed by Commission proposal

The European Commission's latest plans to reform the production and labelling of organic produce, presented in March, have met with harsh criticism from the French organic sector, which says it fails to respond to the real issues. EurActiv France reports.

The Commission's attempts to reform organic farming regulations aimed both to ease certain controls and establish stricter production conditions. But France’s organic farmers have not been impressed by the proposed changes, largely designed to reassure consumers, which they say may end by hampering production.

The EU's organic sector has experienced booming growth in recent years, with 186,000 producers working 9.6 million hectares of farmland in accordance with the organic regulations in 2011. The increase in demand has been so fast that the EU has been forced to import organic produce.