Cornucopia’s Take: Beginning in 2021, the European Union will no longer accept produce labeled “organic” that has been produced hydroponically, including so-called “container production.” European hydroponic producers who use approved organic inputs will still be able to export their produce to the U.S., although their produce will not be eligible for organic status in their own country. It remains to be seen whether this will increase hydroponic exports from the EU to the U.S. Cornucopia continues to insist that soil-less hydroponic production of vegetables and fruits should not be eligible for sale in the U.S. as organic.
New EU organic law bans hydroponic organic imports
Sustainable Food News
Revised organic production and labeling rules to go into effect in 2021
Image source: AgriLife Today
Members of the European Parliament on Thursday voted to approve new regulations for the certification and labeling of organic food.
The EP members voted 466 to 124, with 50 abstentions, to adopt the new EU law on organic production and labeling, as agreed by Parliament’s negotiators and EU ministers in June.
Once the new regulations are formally approved by the Council of EU ministers, the revised law on organic production and labeling of organic products would go into effect in January 2021.
The EU’s annual retail sales of organics reached €30.7 billion in 2016 with an annual growth rate of 12 percent.
For exporters of organic products to the EU, the new law means producers from non-EU countries who want to sell their products in the EU need to comply with the same rules as producers in the EU. Read Full Article »