Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture Discusses European Organic Farming Legislation

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Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the upcoming review of the European Union’s current organic farming legislation.

On August 17, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, discusses the proposed review of Europe’s organic farming legislation.

According to an August 7th, 2013 article published on Euractiv.com, entitled, “Commission looks at possible revamp of organic farming legislation,” the European Commission is due to reconsider the EU’s rules on organic farming this September, reviewing certification standards and surveying potential risks posed by genetically-modified crops.

Europe’s leading organic farming group, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements EU (IFOAM)’s president, Christopher Stopes, says, “The Commission’s review of the legislative and policy and framework for organic food and farming provides the opportunity to build on the success of the organic sector.”

Currently, organic farming remains a “tiny part” of European agriculture. According to the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, only 2.2 percent of European farmland is organic. However, the European Union (EU) has strong nation support programs in “Austria, Sweden, Estonia and a few other countries.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, hopes that the potential revamp of the European Union (EU)’s organic farming legislation will enable expansion within its own industry. “This proposed legislation should be revised in a way that will allow the EU to capitalize on the success they’ve already seen.

It should call for more land being organically farmed, resulting in more organic food being eaten by European citizens. This upcoming review is a display of the great progress the global sector of organic farming is making as the benefits are becoming more apparent.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.
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