There will be some changes for organic farming when the revised legislation on organic farming becomes binding on 1 January 2021. According to the EU Commission in office at the time, the aim of the revision was to ensure fair competition conditions for farmers, prevent fraud and strengthen consumer confidence.
In mid-June 2018 the revised Basic EU-Council Regulation on Organic Production and Labelling of Organic Products came into force. However, it is not binding until 2021 – the implemention regulations are scheduled to be published by mid-2020. Important details on the EU-Council Regulation are still being worked on.
In the drafts of the new EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker has given much greater weight to ecological objectives in addition to economic objectives from 2021 onwards.
To improve the marketing of regional products, farmers, trade, associations and local authorities can obtain support. To this end, the BÖLN offers various measures that are tailored to the respective target groups.
Boosting the improvement of sustainable and ecological agriculture and food is the most important goal of the “Federal Programme Organic Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture” (BÖLN).
Digitisation has long since arrived in agriculture: New technologies like Blockchain or the Internet of Things can make organic farming more efficient and transparent. But they also entail risks, for example in terms of data protection.