IFOAM Organics Europe’s membership elected a new Board and Jan Plagge as its President. Following his re-election, IFOAM Organics Europe’s President Jan Plagge said: “It is my honour to be re-elected as the European organic movement’s President. These are challenging times, as the reduction of pesticides and the protection of biodiversity have become highly politicised and polarising issues, and many organic producers are facing a difficult market situation. Yet the transformation of our food system is more needed than ever and organic farming remains a crucial policy tool to green our agriculture and revitalise rural areas in Europe”.

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“With the resolution adopted, the organic movement clearly re-affirms its support to the EU Green Deal and to the Farm to Fork strategy. It emphasizes how important it is to safeguard the possibility for a systemic approach to innovation, which is more efficient than short-term technological fixes to transition away from that an intensive high input agriculture model. For these reasons, and to protect the European model of breeding from patents, the vast majority of organic producers wants the organic production process to remain free of GMOs, including New Genomic Techniques (NGTs)”.

“Organic farming remains a crucial policy tool to green our agriculture and revitalise rural areas in Europe”

Dora Drexler, re-elected Vice-President, and Director of ÖMKI, the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, continued: “It is crucial to stick to an evidence-based approach to continue developing organic. If we want to reach the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies’ targets, policymakers should reinforce the EU’s research efforts dedicated to organic and other agroecological approaches.”

Marian Blom, re-elected Vice-President, and Knowledge & Innovation Project Leader at Bionext, said: “I am proud that the European organic movement gave me their confidence and re-elected me as Board member. I believe there is no simple and reductionist solution to the challenges we’re facing. We need indicators that measure sustainability in all its dimensions including biodiversity protection, pesticide use and climate change. Organic offers a systemic solution to complex problems.”

Immediately after their election, the Board conveyed these messages to Commissioner Wojciechowski, who was the first official guest at the Organic House.

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