The EU's agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has backed a review of the bloc's plan to promote environmentally-friendly food production.

Speaking in Nürnberg, Germany, Fischer Boel (pictured) said she favoured a "mid-term evaluation" of 2004's European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming.

"We should keep the plan's substance. But if there's clear evidence that we need to change course slightly - why not?"

Fischer Boel highlighted the pressures faced by organic food producers while "prices have gone up and down like a rollercoaster".

The action plan, which lists 21 actions to promote environmentally-friendly food production, pushes standardisation, labelling rules and government support for the organic sector.