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New draft revision of (EC) 834/2007 due in March

February 3, 2014

After considerable consultation in 2013, the European Commission will publish a draft revision of the current rules on organic agriculture at the end of March 2014. More. The Commission put forward 3 options for discussion; 1) improved status quo based on improvements and better enforcement of current legislation; 2) a market driven option which aims at providing the conditions to respond dynamically to further market developments with more flexible rules or; 3) the principle driven option which would aim at refocusing organic production on its principles which would be better reflected in the production rules with limited possibilities for exception. The changes are likely to have significant implications for organic regulation world-wide. You can read the background to the revision (in various languages) here.