The European Commission has launched an online consultation about the future of organic farming.

Based on a working document that analyses the possibility of a European action plan for organic food and farming, members of the public have the opportunity to voice their opinions on questions like: How do we ensure that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) supports the development of organic farming, and the traceability and authenticity of organic food? How do we reinforce the use of the EU organic farming logo?

The working document, which proposes a number of ideas for this future action plan, also aims to describe the development of organic farming in the EU and analyse where bottlenecks exist in production and marketing processes. On the basis of the information received through the online consultation, and following discussion with Member States and other stakeholders, the Commission will develop proposals for a future action plan before the end of 2003.

“Organic farming lies close to the heart of many consumers. This online consultation provides them with the opportunity to voice their opinions on a future action plan for organic farming. This is another step to make the CAP more transparent and consumer oriented,” said Franz Fischler, commissioner for agriculture, rural development and fisheries.

The public has until 16 March 2003 to submit their reactions and ideas.
To consult the document and take part in the survey, click here.