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Eight Spanish organizations show their disagreement with the new EU Organic Production Regulation

Eight Spanish organizations show their disagreement with the new EU Organic Production Regulation

2017/29/05 - Eight Spanish entities that bring together almost 80% of the Spanish organic sector have jointly signed a statement, addressed to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, stating their disagreement with the draft of the new European Regulation on Organic Production and the Labeling of Organic Products.

In this statement they request that the Minister should vote against the agreement to this document in the Special Committee of Agriculture so that it continues working in the deficiencies that the text presents. This seems the perfect timing because today there is a meeting between the Ministers of Agriculture of the member countries of the European Union to vote for or against the new draft of the Regulation of Organic Production and the Labeling of Organic Products.

In this letter, signed by Ecovalia, SEAE, CCPAE, Ampoas, Femeca / Coato, SILAE, Caecv and CAAE Certification Service, they present as deficiencies in the draft several important issues that, in their opinion, could "undermine the interests of the organic sector."

Among these shortcomings, they emphasized that the new regulation allows Member States of each country to set their own standards regarding the presence of residues in organic food, which "could lead to difficult situations and comparative grievances."

In this sense, the signatory entities of the statement request that the same rules be applied in all European countries regarding the amounts of residues present in biological products.

According to Ecovalia, on its website, another problem of the regulation is that it does not require certification to small producers who adhere to direct sales, which could lead to a clear loss of traceability and, therefore, could affect the credibility and guarantee offered by the official control system.

On the other hand, the statement states that the list of authorized substances included in the draft does not include some natural resources that are used regularly in organic farming, but that "the new proposed agreement directs the fight against pests and diseases to the use of only marketable pesticides, reducing the tools available to producers for proper phytosanitary control." In their point of view, Spain, as a merely producing country, would be greatly affected by this restriction."

Other aspects dealt with in the statement are related to periodic farm controls or so-called "demarcated beds."

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