Today, the eight winners of the second edition of the EU Organic Awards were announced in a public ceremony. This year’s winners are various actors from the European organic sector each representing excellence along the organic value chain. The EU Organic Awards also mark the celebration of EU Organic Day launched by the European Parliament, the Council, and the European Commission in 2021.
This year, 24 candidates were shortlisted from almost 100 applications from all over the European Union. The EU Organic Awards scheme comprises 7 categories and 8 individual awards. They acknowledge excellent, innovative, sustainable and inspiring projects producing real added value for organic production and consumption. The awards are jointly organised by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, COPA-COGECA and IFOAM Organics Europe, with the support of the European Parliament and the Council.
Meet the eight winners
- Best organic farmer (female): Ms Clara Benito Pacheco from Spain
- Best organic farmer (male): Mr Thomas Moschos from Greece
- Best organic region: Burgenland region in Austria
- Best organic city: Vienna in Austria
- Best organic bio-district: Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal
- Best organic food processing SME: the Merry Mill from Ireland
- Best organic retailer: Gut Wulksfelde from Germany
- Best organic restaurant/food service: Luftburg – Kolarik im Prater from Austria.
Following the ceremony, IFOAM Organics Europe’s President, Jan Plagge, celebrated the winners: “The EU Organic Awards showcase the organic supply chain’s role in a sustainable agrifood system, in line with the goals of the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. As part of IFOAM Organics Europe, I commend the winners for illustrating organic’s transformative potential. Their achievements spotlight organic’s growing significance and its alignment with the European Organic Action Plan. Congratulations to all participants! May their endeavours inspire a resilient and holistic approach to food and farming, addressing today’s pressing challenges, from food security to the biodiversity and climate crises.”
Eduardo Cuoco, IFOAM Organics Europe’s Director, adds that “Congratulations to the winners, and all those shortlisted! You are an inspiration to those working to make our food and farming system more sustainable, using organic’s potential. I am happy that some of the awards’ criteria are based on the holistic principles of organic – care, health, ecology & fairness. Organic’s system-based approach to food and farming is a way forward to make our food system more independent from external inputs, less input-intensive and more resilient.”
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