Organic farming

The European Parliament published a position adopted on 19 April 2018 concerning organic production and the labelling of organic products.

It is stated that 'the choice of plant varieties should focus on agronomic performance, genetic diversity, disease resistance, longevity, and adaptation to diverse local soil and climate conditions, and should respect the natural crossing barriers.' As regards to substances used in organic production, it is stated that 'The use of products or substances which plant protection products contain or consist of, other than active substances, should be allowed in organic production as long as their use is authorised in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council1 and as long as neither the placing of those plant protection products on the market nor use of those plant protection products is prohibited by Member States in accordance with that Regulation' (Article 31 refers). In organic plant production hydrophobic production should to be allowed, 'nor growing plants in containers, bags or beds where roots are not in contact with the living soil.' 'However, certain cultivation practices which are not soil-related, such as the production of sprouted seeds or chicory heads and the production of ornamentals and herbs in pots that are sold in pots to the consumers, for which the principle of soil-related crop cultivation is not adapted or for which no risk exists that the consumer is misled regarding the production method, should be allowed.'

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