“Organic and biodynamics provide the most advanced patterns of agriculture”. This is the statement by WWF Italy on the organization’s web site in the light of the approval by the Italian Agriculture Committee of a law on Organic agriculture. The government crisis could delay the vote in the Senate, but it still is an important step in the path to sustainability.
Here is the WWF press release as published on the organisation’s website statement:
“After two years of deadlock, the Agriculture Committee of the senate finally approved ghe text of the law on the “Provisions for the protection, development and competitiveness of agriculture, agri-food and water culture production with organic methods”. The law was unanimously voted with minimal editing that did not change the fundaments of the text approved by the Senate.
WWF expresses its satisfaction about the vote of the Agriculture committee of the senat, and hopes that the final law proposal will be discussed in the Senate soon for final approval. This is essential to reach the goal of the European green deal of agriculture indicated in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity 2030 strategies.
The amendments introduced in the Senate complement positively the paragrapg on seeds with regards to the heterogeneous biological reproductive material in accordance with regulation (UE) 2018/848, and include the delegation to the government for the review and rationalization of legislation to strengthen the control system, and ensure greater transparency and safety for consumers.
Italy ranks first in the EU in terms of number of hectares currently certified organic, with 15,8% of SAU, no far from the 25% target within 2030 recommended by the European committee for all the UE members.
WWF believes that Italy should bet on the agro-ecology, and aim at greater growth of organic agriculture to reach the aforementioned goal, which is ambitious but realistic.
Today organic and biodynamic represent the most advanced agro-ecology models for sustainable and qualitative agri-food production. In order to be competitive in the international market, companies who rely on the “Made in Italy” brand must invest in organic production. This is why we appreciate the presence in the text approved by the Senate of a brand that will allow consumers to identify the products that come from 100% Italian organic supply chains.
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