Concerning the legally compliant interpretation of Art. 27 (1) f) of Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 in light of the decision by the ECJ (case C-137/13) and the Commission’s letter dated 29.11.2016
Since the coming into force of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs on 01.01.1993 (24 years ago), baby food of organic quality has been produced and sold Europe-wide and has become an important market sector in the European and non-European food trade.
Regarding the use of mineral nutrients (trace elements included), vitamins, amino acids and micronutrients, from the beginning the principle has applied that enrichment is only permissible as long as its use is mandatory in the respective foodstuffs (“recipe legislation”).
As organic moves beyond a niche, the organic movement needs to take stocks of what organic has become and what the future holds for us all. The movement needs to be prepared to cope with future political developments, environmental challenges and market trends. IFOAM EU initiated a participatory vision process to prepare the movement to proactively face the future. The AöL ist member of the IFOAM and helped to develope the vision.
We have been taking time to collectively set our own agenda, aiming towards a vision for organic in Europe to 2030. Our aim is to define where the organic sector and movement want to be in 2030 and what strategies are needed to get there.
AöL and Bionext, two leading organizations in the organic sector of the EU, take their responsibility and will expand their cooperation to develop and strengthen the risk based management systems for organic processing and trading companies. To realise their mutual aim they will take the following actions: Strenghten their cooperation in the further development and implementation of the Biotrust risk based management tool; Exchange knowledge and experiences about risk based management systems; Elaborate the cooperation between both organisations in creating an EU network of leading organic industry. Enlarge their cooperative effort to improve the organic regulation and enforce a harmonized implementation thereof.
The evolution of the techniques and methods and the development of new rules in organic farming and processing could require amendments of the EU organic standard after duly evaluation. A high degree of specialisation is required for this complex and time-consuming exercise of evaluation and systematic updating of the standard.
The Commission is establishing the expert group for technical advice on organic production, as the first step towards the implementation of Action 11 of the European Action Plan for organic food and farming. Further steps include the publication of a call for applications with a view to select the relevant experts, followed by appointment of the experts and the setting up of the pool list.
Our Themenhefte are some kind of dossiers from our association. The members are writing about their visions of food processing, about responsibility and a different kind of economy.
Because of that, the Themenheft is an important contribution to the discussions about the future of organic. You can read it here in German.