Colle Farmers Market Responds to Czech Organic Farming Boom Faltering

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Following an article discussing the drop in organic farming in the Czech Republic, Colle Farmers Market issues a statement encouraging investment in organic food production.

On February 12, 2013, Colle Farmers Market comments on reports of a decline in organic farming in the Czech Republic last year.

According to a recent article published by the Prague Daily Monitor, the country's boom in organic farming halted significantly last year, with the number of organic farms increasing by a mere 14. In previous years, the country's number of organic farms rose by more than 10 percent annually, according to the article. The number of organic food producers also decreased last year by 192.

The Czech Republic has one of the biggest shares of organic farmland in Europe, the article said, with over 3,394 organic farms in the country. Contrary to the drop-offs in farm production, the amount of land worked on by organic farmers increased 5,731 hectares.

The article said the Agriculture Ministry attributes the decrease to the freeze on government subsidies given to new and old organic farmers. The subsidies were one of the reasons why many farmers switched to organic practices, the article states. Last year, farmers asked for more than 1.2 billion Czech koruna in state aid (over $63 million USD).

Though the future of the country's organic farming seems uncertain, the article said the state’s cabinet has committed to increasing organic farming by 15 percent before 2015. This plan should also triple the share of organic food in the general food market and put an emphasis on domestic products.

Colle Farmers Market, an organic farming advocate, said organic farming is important to the environment and human health. “Government subsidies are generally an excellent way to promote the adoption of organic farming methods, and it's a shame to see the Czech situation faltering,” representatives from Colle said. “We're glad, however, that the cabinet is determined to keep promoting organic production methods. It's an unwieldy transition for many communities, but the result – sustainability – is worth the effort.”

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.

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