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Açai Berries – the purple gold

Have you heard of nature’s “purple gold”? Let me introduce you to the Açai berries. Those amazing superfood berries come from açai palm trees in South America.  In the 18th century they were considered a staple food, today they are superfoods. These small dark purple round berries bring you many health benefits!

With its 10% juice, pulp and skin, açai berries are full of antioxidants. Also, they have plenty of vitamins, minerals, calcium, fiber, and fatty acid that make them a great energizing fruit.

What are their top 5 health benefits?

  • Protect your heart and improve your cholesterol thanks to its anthocyanins and fatty acids
  • Helps your digestion system thanks to its fibers
  • Boost your immune system with its antioxidants and vitamins
  • Help your cells fight against free radical and giving you healthier skin thanks to its high level of antioxidants
  • Encourage your energy production by keeping your muscles and bones strong with its calcium and other minerals

How to eat them?

  • You can eat them raw. They taste a bit like blackberries, slightly bitter
  • In a smoothie, blended with other berries
  • You can mix frozen açai berries in a bowl with other fruits or cereals or chia seeds
  • You can add powdered açai berries into your baking or your plain/non-dairy yogurt

Where to find them?

  • Fresh açai Berries are expensive, this is due to their long harvest and cost of processing and shipping
  • To maintain their natural benefits and taste, açai berries can be more easily found frozen or freeze-dried
  • Açai berries can also be found as frozen puree, dried powder or pressed juice

Now you know what delicious superfood you can add to your next meal. It will benefit your health overall and add color to your bowl, yogurt, smoothie, or cake!

Enjoy them and stay healthy!

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5 answers about the Keto Diet

With a busy daily life, in a world of technology, many of us spend too much time sitting by the computer or a mobile device. What we should do is to activate ourselves, exercise and think about a healthy lifestyle and what we eat so we get more energy and feel better.

Losing weight is a popular topic in many magazines. Even though the most important thing is to be and feel healthy, we would lie if we ignored all the different diets out there. For most of us it’s hard to keep track, or to find the one that best fits us best! It all depends on the body, our habits and the way of life.  So, to make it easier for you, I want to explain the Keto diet in 5 bullet points:

  • What is it?

A high-fat, adequate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet, quite similar to Paleo and Atkins diets. In fact, the ketogenic diet, if strictly followed, has been mostly used (for years) in medicine, to treat epileptic seizures in children and more recently for weight loss.

  • How does this work?

It is based on the fact that you get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. This diet is making your body burn fat rather than carbohydrates. If you cut your daily carbohydrates, after a few days, your body will start breaking down protein and fat for energy and it will make you lose weight.

  • What do you eat?

Keto diet is based on high-fat requirements. Look at unsaturated fat food such as nuts, seeds, avocados, tofu and olive oil, or saturated fat food such as oils, lard, butter and cocoa butter.

Proteins are also part of the keto diet, such as eggs, beef, pork, and bacon.

Regarding fruits and vegetables, for veggies you can eat kale, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, bell pepper, mushrooms, cucumbers, onions, garlic and other leafy green vegetables or those less rich in carb. As for fruits, it will be similar, though you can choose fruits such as berries (raspberries, strawberries…) or peaches, cantaloupe, lemon, watermelon. Avoid any fruits rich in carbs.

  • What are the Pros?

You will lose weight in the short term, and certain people with some health conditions (bad cholesterol, acne, epilepsy, other nervous system disorder) might have some benefits.

  • What are the Cons?

In the long run, there can be side effects such as fatigue, headaches, irritability, kidney stones, indigestion, or constipation. Always be aware of how you feel when trying a diet like this. If you get side effects, we recommend you to try something different.

Of course, everyone has different needs and wants so it is always best to check with your doctor if a specific diet is suitable for you, especially if you have a certain type of disease. Always remember the essentials: sleep well, exercise and drink more water… they go with all diets!

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16 Health Benefits of Goji Berries

There are for sure a lot of health benefits if you like goji berries. How many of these did you know?

  1. Powerful antioxidant
  2. Maintains healthy blood pressure
  3. Reduces cholesterol
  4. Promotes normal blood sugar
  5. Enhances sexual function
  6. Improves your vision
  7. Supports healthy liver function
  8. Treats menopausal symptoms
  9. Improves fertility
  10. Alleviates anxiety and stress
  11. Supports normal kidney function
  12. Strengthens your muscles and bones
  13. Improves your memory and recall ability
  14. Helps chronic dry cough
  15. Relieves insomnia and improves the quality of sleep
  16. Improves disease resistance

Source: rawforbeauty.com

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Chia seeds: so tiny and so powerful!

Did you know that Chia seeds were originated from Mexico and Guatemala, from a plant called the salvia hispanica? In fact, they used to be the staple food from the ancient Aztec and Mayans and were actually called “strength” in mayan.

Nowadays, Chia seeds are one of the healthiest food on the planet especially as they are loaded with nutrients that can benefit your body and your brain. This is because these tiny black and white seeds are full of healthy fatty acids-omega-3, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus) and vitamins B. Plus they are gluten free and great for vegan diet!

Chia seeds are so natural and an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body just as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). They even provide more calcium, phosphorus, and fiber than flaxseeds.

Did you know that USDA (United States Department of Agriculture –National Nutrient Database) recommends taking about one-ounce serving of Chia seeds per day (about 28 grams) for your daily needs? So, if you eat this amount per day, it would provide you with about 18% of calcium, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese, and smaller amounts of potassium and copper. This is very beneficial to your daily needs and most people do not consume enough of these essential nutrients.

Of course, we all know the benefits of plantbased foods. They are good for your overall health in the sense that they reduce the risks of many health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or other serious health conditions. Thus, eating the minimum daily recommended amount is very important for our body, so think easy and eat chia seeds.

It's easy to find them, as they are accessible in shops or online and so convenient to eat or use, with just a sprinkle, you can get your daily needed nutrients.

How to eat them? Your choice…either raw or cooked, but they should be added to another food. With their mild, nutty flavour you have many options, like to sprinkle them on cereals, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, oatmeal, and yogurt or mixed them into drinks like smoothies and baked foods, like bread, cakes or muffins. For vegan baking, they can even replace eggs.

A little tip for a great morning energy booster, just let the chia seeds soak for an hour or overnight in a bit of water, almond milk or a smoothie, they will have a softer and creamier texture, so you can enjoy even more this powerful mixture and be all pumped up to start-up your day!

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What is the magic with bicarbonate?

Do you know the health benefits of bicarbonate? This question popped up when a colleague of mine told me that bicarbonate can help to cure my heartburn. So, I asked myself, what is the magic with bicarbonate? I started to research and here are some of the findings that came up regarding the health benefits of bicarbonate.

First of all, bicarbonate is a natural product! It´s a SALT. Also known under the name Sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3.  You find bicarbonate in all seas, watercourses, and in the ground. But also, you find it in our bodies!

Bicarbonate has a healing effect. Here are just some examples of benefits when drinking bicarbonate with water:

  • Bicarbonate is a byproduct of our own metabolism. It regulates the PH-value in the saliva and helps against tartar.
  • It regulates acidity in the stomach and helps to prevent heartburn. It also reduces inflammation and gases by helping the body to digest the food. Normally the body can regulate the acid-base balance by itself, but you can help the body by eating food that is base-forming, which bicarbonate is. Bicarbonate has PH 8 mixed with water. It is slightly alkaline.
  • It is very good for the PH value in the stomach because it changes the PH value balance and increases the oxygenation of the cells. It helps the body with oxygen uptake. The PH value in your stomach should be around 1,7-2 (very sour!)
  • If you have been eating a little bit too much, then you can try to drink a glass of water with bicarbonate about two hours after eating. That should regulate the acid and help against heartburn! Almost all food processed in our body creates acids. This is natural. But if you drink water with bicarbonate, you can neutralize the acids and regulate your PH value. It helps the stomach to create a better environment.
  • Can help to prevent lactic acid when doing sports activities.
  • Can help against urinary tract infection because of its capability to reduce acid index in the urine.
  • Bicarbonate can also help to lose weight. Drinking it with water gives a feeling of saturation. The bicarbonate erases the PH value in the blood, and that on the other hand, helps the body burn fat. Actually, our metabolism increases with between 6-12 % adding bicarbonate.

Even better than adding bicarbonate is to eat greens that decompose to bicarbonate in our body! Eating greens like salad, broccoli, etc do help to digest the food. Bitter greens increase the stomach acid so that you can digest the food better. The acidity in the stomach is particularly important for melting the food and killing bacteria entering with food intake.

Well, you see that bicarbonate has several benefits, but limit it to half a teaspoon in a glass of warm water. Always be attentive to your body, if it doesn’t feel good, rather skip it!

PS. For everyone who wonders… Bicarbonate is NOT the same as baking powder. Baking powder contains several other things than bicarbonate, but you can still use it as baking powder.

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They make it happen! Making good food the easy choice for everyone

Organic contributes to promoting and delivering healthy and sustainable diets. This is part of our Vision 2030 set out and shared by the European organic movement. As movemend and sector we are already leading the way towards its goals, together with food and farming actors across Europe.

In the United Kingdom, the Soil Association’s Food for Life is an evidence-based programme impacting health and well-being, education, sustainability, and inequalities across communities. The programme works with public and private sector leaders to make good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are. Food for Life takes a system approach to food, changing both the food environment and food culture within which people make choices. It incorporates the Food for Life Served Here Award, which provides an independent endorsement that food providers are taking steps to improve the food they serve.

Read more about this initiative on euorganic2030.bio, and share it on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. Find out what other initiatives are transforming food and farming in Europe on social media using #EUorganic2030.

The work of IFOAM Organics Europe on this topic is co-financed by the LIFE programme of the European Union, under the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). This page only reflects the views of the authors and its sole responsibility lies with IFOAM Organics Europe. The EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided

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9 Superfoods you should be eating

Superfoods are foods that contain a high level of various vitamins, minerals and other components that are beneficial for one’s health. These foods have a great nutritional value and protect us from various diseases. Keep reading in order to find out what are foods you should definitely include in your diet.
  1. Acai
This fruit belongs to the family of berries and we are all aware of the amazing health benefits of various members of the berry family. Acai originate in South American rain forests. It is widely believed that acai berries aid in weight loss and the anti-aging process. They are rich in antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins that prevent cancer and protect our hearts. Moreover, acai berries are rare fruits that contain oleic acid which is a heart-healthy fat usually found in olives. It has a more antioxidant level than other commonly eaten berries like cranberries or strawberries. Acai berry is used for the treatment of ulcers, diarrhea and many other infections.
  1. Goji berries
Goji berries are native to Asia, more precisely the Himalayan Mountains, Mongolia and China. Now, they are eaten worldwide due to numerous health benefits. Goji berries contain a high level of Vitamin C, protect our heart health, aid in weight loss, and according to some studies they prevent cancer. Gogi berries are consumed by people on a daily basis as they are proved to be a cure for many common problems such as it improves eyesight, hair discoloration, enhances mood, has anti-aging properties, etc.
  1. Cocoa powder
Yes, this is correct. According to recent studies, cocoa powder can be safely included in group of superfoods. Cocoa powder contains flavonoids that lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation to the brain and heart. One tablespoon of cocoa powder has less than 15 calories and almost no fat. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder showed antioxidant activity in studies that were equivalent or even higher to the antioxidant activity of acai berries, cranberries, blueberries etc. The study that discovered the amazing benefits of cocoa powder was conducted by Hershey Company and findings were published in Chemistry Central Journal.
  1. Seaweed
Seaweed contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for our overall health. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, iodine, iron, potassium, and zinc. Some health benefits of seaweed include improved memory, good eyesight, strong teeth and bones, healthy thyroid function, improved immune system, reduced risk of allergies and infections, lower blood pressure etc. Moreover, seaweed is beneficial for the skin and regular consumption can give us that healthy glow we always want, and it improves the quality of our hair.
  1. Mangosteens
You have probably associated this fruit with mangoes, but they aren’t related. The kind of this fruit contains compounds called xanthones which have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the risk of getting cancer. Mangosteen is a juicy, delicious fruit that is rich in fiber and has no cholesterol.
  1. Kefir
Kefir is an ancient drink that originated in Russia and is most widely used in Eastern and Southeastern Europe e.g. Balkans region. It is similar to yogurt and slightly sour. Kefir is also a more powerful probiotic than yogurt; it has powerful antibacterial properties that protect us from various infections, improves our bone health, and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Moreover, kefir has cancer-fighting characteristics too, improves our digestion, and eases symptoms of allergies and asthma. Another great benefit of kefir is the fact it is well tolerated even by people who are lactose intolerant.
  1. Avocado
Avocado is originated from Mexico. They are an excellent source of healthy raw fat. Avocado also contains fiber, potassium, Vitamins E and B, and folic acid. Moreover, avocados have the ability to enable one’s body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients like alpha and beta-carotene etc.
  1. Kale
Kale contains antioxidants and fiber. It is, also, one of the best sources of Vitamin A which promotes healthy eyesight and strengthens the immune system. A one-cup serving of kale has the same amount of Vitamin C as an orange. It is rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, and zinc. Kale is a vegetable and can be consumed on a regular basis as it lowers the risk of cancer, high cholesterol and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  1. Kiwi
Kiwis are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that flush away toxins from our body and protect us from various diseases and infections. Additionally, kiwis have more nutrients than some other fruits and according to a study whose findings were published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition consumption of kiwi promotes sleep due to the fact it also contains serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps induce and maintains sleep. Popular superfoods Unlike superfoods from this article, the ones listed below are more popular. Here they are:
  • Blueberries
  • Beans and whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sweet potato
  • Salmon
  • Broccoli
Conclusion Superfoods listed above contain numerous nutrients that are beneficial for your overall health, protect you from chronic diseases, including cancer. One should consume superfoods to maintain a healthy weight. Moreover, you should definitely include them in your diet to improve your immunity, detox your body, relieve your stress, fight aging, etc.
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Denmark Organic Food Market – Forecast By 2027

Denmark Organic Food Market will grow to US$ 7.3 Billion by the end of the year 2027. Global Forecast by Products, Distribution Channels, End Users, Company Analysis.

Denmark is a magnificent and shining example for Organic Food Industry. Globally, Denmark has one of the highest per-capita organic food consumption. The consumption of organic foods in Denmark has moved from the lavish goods segment towards mainstream consumption. Due to rising awareness among consumers about the health benefits of organic food products. According to the Renub Research report, it is anticipated that Denmark Organic Food Market will grow to US$ 7.3 Billion by the end of the year 2027.

The Ministry of Environment and Food (MEF) in Denmark is the lead government agency for organic food and farming. With a new Organic Action Plan for Denmark, the Danish government has developed and enlarged organic production. The Danish government has planned to double the areas cultivated using organic and biodynamic practices. Besides, the program aims to make Denmark go utterly natural in the upcoming years. The government also supports and focuses on organic farming research and developing new technologies for organic products.

Request a Free Sample Copy of the Report:  https://www.renub.com/request-sample-page.php?gturl=denmark-organic-food-market-p.php

In Denmark, most of the organic farmland is located in the northern continental part called Jutland. As per USDA, in the year 2019, 34000 hectares of farmland converted to organic farming. In context with the farmers in the year 2018, 325 farmers were added to the organic farming, which totalled 4000, and still, numbers are surging. Compared to traditional farming, organic farming can improve the use of synthetic pesticides or would instead prohibit, which results in fewer nitrates into the environment and helps animal welfare. As per renub research findings, Denmark Organic Food Industry was US$ 2.6 Billion in 2020.

Denmark's has the highest market share for organic products worldwide due to its innovative approach to organic policy. Consumer demand for a broad range of organic product and almost 80% of Danes purchase organic food in Denmark. Over the last decade, the growth of Organic Action Plans (OAPs) has raised momentum as a device for achieving a more integrated approach to organic policy-making at the European level. As per this research study, Organic Food Market Growth Trends in Denmark will be in 15.89% CAGR during 2020-2027.

The Danish government also supports a more significant part of the food prepared in a public institution (Hospitals, Kindergartens, Educational, kitchens etc.) to become fully organic. As a result, more than 800 thousand people have benefited from healthy, organic meals served every day in canteens, hospitals, and schools. The government is strengthening the knowledge of organic food and organic production in primary schools and agricultural education. Some of the primary key players in organic food include Danish Crown, ARLA FOODS AMBA., MIDSONA DANMARK A/S.

COVID-19 Impact on Denmark Organic Food Industry

As international borders in Denmark closed for a part of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has resulted in halting on the transportation industry and thus, surging restriction on vehicles movement has affected the supply chain management of raw ingredients. Furthermore, this has also impacted the availability of organic food in stores and supermarkets. Overall in Grocery Sectors' with online sales of organic foods are growing. Online Sales are resulting in increased domestic organic food market size.

Renub Research report titled “Denmark Organic Food Market by Products (Beverages, Cereal and Food Grain, Processed Food, Meat, Fish Poultry & Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables, Spices & amp; Pulses, Others), Distribution Channels (Grocery Sector including Online Sales, Health Food Stores, Mini Markets and Miscellaneous, Food Services), End Users (Public Institutions: Hospitals, Kindergardens, Educational, etc., Canteens in Public Sector Work Place, Canteens in Private Sector Work Place, Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes etc, Others), Company Analysis (Arla Foods Amba, Daish Crown, Midsona Danmark A/S)" provides a complete analysis of Denmark Organic Food Industry.

Follow the link for the full report with detailed TOC and list of figures and tables:  https://www.renub.com/denmark-organic-food-market-p.php

Product - Market breakup from 7 viewpoints

1.    Organic Beverages
2.    Organic Cereal and Food Grain
3.    Organic Meat, Fish Poultry & Eggs
4.    Organic Processed Food
5.    Organic Spices & amp; Pulses
6.    Organic Fruits & Vegetables
7.    Other Organic Food Products

Distribution – Market breakup from 4 viewpoints

1.    Grocery Sector incl. Online Sales
2.    Mini Markets and Miscellaneous
3.    Health Food Stores
4.    Food Services

End Users – Market breakup from 4 viewpoints

1.    Public Institutions (Hospitals, Kindergartens, Educational)
2.    Canteens in Public Sector Work Place
3.    Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes etc
4.    Others

Companies have been covered from 3 viewpoints

1.    Overview
2.    Recent Development
3.    Revenue Analysis

Company Analysis

1.    Dainsh Crown
2.    Arla Foods Amba
3.    Midsona Danmark A/S

About the Company:

Renub Research is a Market Research and Consulting Company. We have more than 10 years of experience especially in international Business-to-Business Researches, Surveys and Consulting. We provide a wide range of business research solutions that helps companies in making better business decisions. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses. Our wide clientele comprises major players in Healthcare, Travel and Tourism, Food & Beverages, Power & Energy, Information Technology, Telecom & Internet, Chemical, Logistics & Automotive, Consumer Goods & Retail, Building and Construction, & Agriculture. Our clients rely on our market analysis and data to make informed knowledgeable decisions. We are regarded as one of the best providers of knowledge. Our pertinent analysis helps consultants, bankers and executives to make informed and correct decisions.

Our core team is comprised of experienced people holding graduate, postgraduate and PhD degrees in Finance, Marketing, Human Resource, Bio-Technology, Medicine, Information Technology, Environmental Science and many more. Our research helps to make business decisions: on strategy, organization, operations, technology, mergers & acquisitions etc. We support many blue chip companies by providing them with findings and perspectives across a wide range of markets. Our research reports offer a blend of information insight, analysis and forecasting that is essential in today's ultra-competitive markets.

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Organic Trade Association welcomes Sustainable Food Trade Association in 2021

New consolidation strengthens organic’s mission to build sustainable food system and fight climate change

The Organic Trade Association announced the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) has consolidated with the Organic Trade Association in a meaningful partnership that will strengthen the organic sector’s voice in climate policy and sustainability issues in 2021, and boost the sector’s efforts to create an environmentally friendly, sustainable food system.

“The Organic Trade Association is honored to pick up the mantle of SFTA’s good mission and to help carry it forward. This consolidation will provide a broader and strengthened portfolio for organic to help mitigate climate change, and to build a food system that is healthy for us and our planet. The organic sector is starting off the new year strong, engaged and forward-thinking,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association.

An Organic Trade Association Sustainable Food Trade Action Council has been formed, which consists of the former members of SFTA and is open to all members of the Organic Trade Association.

“The new council will continue to support and expand SFTA’s mission-driven work related to sustainability and climate. Consolidating into a council within the Organic Trade Association creates a new opportunity for all of us. The Organic Trade Association’s unique and progressive council structure, integrated into the trade association governance, is collaborative, resourced, and driven by member priorities. We can build on both the Organic Trade Association and SFTA’s strengths to create an even brighter future together,” said Paul Schiefer, Senior Director of Sustainability for Amy’s Kitchen, Board member of the Organic Trade Association and SFTA Council Chair and Advisory Group member.

The non-profit Sustainable Food Trade Association, which ceased operations on the last day of 2020, was formed in 2008 with a mission to support the organic food trade in creating and implementing innovative, sustainable practices across the organic supply chain, from farm to retail. Its membership grew to over 40 organic businesses. On Climate Day in 2017, SFTA helped launch the Climate Collaborative, a group of organic and natural products companies with the common goal to find innovative, new ways to help reverse climate change.

SFTA has developed a set of effective tools for organic businesses to build, measure and refine their sustainability programs that will be available to all Organic Trade Association members. Its COMPASS program provides consistent annual guidance using a variety of key sustainability tools from which companies can choose the ones that best fit their businesses. One of the options in the COMPASS program is the Climate Action Management Primer (CAMP), which helps farmers and businesses chart a climate strategy by identifying climate hotspots, measuring carbon sequestration and prioritizing actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Lisa Braun, carbon accounting and sustainability expert and former Sustainability Technical Services Manager for SFTA, will be working with the Organic Trade Association to provide members with the expertise, tools and techniques to measure and manage their sustainability programs. A webinar to introduce and explain the SFTA tools will be held later this winter.

“SFTA members recognized the potential of this consolidation when 100 percent, in an 80 percent quorum, voted in favor of it. SFTA’s expertise in helping companies measure their sustainability, and the Organic Trade Association’s experience in organic advocacy and its effective Council model create a huge value for organic stakeholders. We expect this new council will thrive and grow, playing an essential role in supporting a continued focus on evolving sustainability practices, a core value within the organic trade and increasingly, beyond,” said Matt Landi, General Manager of Awe Sum Organics and SFTA Council Vice-Chair and Advisory Group member.

For more information on how to be a part of this new collaboration, contact the Organic Trade Association.

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European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production

On March 25th, the Commission presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.

Organic production comes with a number of important benefits: organic fields have around 30% more biodiversity, organically farmed animals enjoy a higher degree of animal welfare and take less antibiotics, organic farmers have higher incomes and are more resilient, and consumers know exactly what they are getting thanks to the EU organic logo. The Action Plan is in line with the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

The Action Plan is designed to provide the already fast growing organic sector the right tools to achieve the 25% target. It puts forward 23 actions structured around 3 axes – boosting consumptionincreasing production, and further improving the sustainability of the sector – to ensure a balanced growth of the sector.

The Commission encourages Member States to develop national organic action plans to increase their national share of organic farming. There are significant differences between Member States regarding the share of agricultural land currently under organic farming, ranging from 0.5% to over 25%. The national organic action plans will complement the national CAP strategic plans, by setting out measures that go beyond agriculture and what is offered under the CAP.

Promote consumption

Growing consumption of organic products will be crucial to encourage farmers to convert to organic farming and thus increase their profitability and resilience. To this end, the Action Plan puts forward several concrete actions aimed at boosting demandmaintaining consumer trust and bringing organic food closer to citizens. This includes: informing and communicating about organic production, promoting the consumption of organic products, stimulating a greater use of organics in public canteens through public procurement and increasing the distribution of organic products under the EU school scheme. Actions also aim, for example, at preventing fraudincreasing consumers' trust and improving traceability of organic products. The private sector can also play a significant role by, for example, rewarding employees with ‘bio-cheques' they can use to purchase organic food.

Increase production

Presently, about 8.5% of EU's agricultural area is farmed organically, and the trends show that with the present growth rate, the EU will reach 15-18% by 2030. This Action Plan provides the toolkit to make an extra push and reach 25%. While the Action Plan largely focuses on the “pull effect” of the demand side, the Common Agricultural Policy will remain a key tool for supporting the conversion. Currently, around 1.8% (€7.5 billion) of CAP is used to support organic farming. The future CAP will include eco-schemes which will be backed by a budget of €38 – 58 billion, for the period 2023 – 2027, depending on the outcome of the CAP negotiations. The eco-schemes can be deployed to boost organic farming.

Beyond the CAP, key tools include organisation of information events and networking for sharing best practices, certification for groups of farmers rather than for individuals, research and innovation, use of blockchain and other technologies to improve traceability increasing market transparency, reinforcing local and small-scale processing, supporting the organisation of the food chain and improving animal nutrition.

To raise awareness on organic production, the Commission will organise an annual EU ‘Organic day' as well as awards in the organic food chain, to recognise excellence at all steps of the organic food chain. The Commission will also encourage the development of organic tourism networks through ‘biodistricts'. 'Biodistricts' are areas where farmers, citizens, tourist operators, associations and public authorities work together towards the sustainable management of local resources, based on organic principles and practices.

The Action Plan also notes that organic aquaculture production remains a relatively new sector but has a significant potential for growth. The upcoming new EU guidelines on the sustainable development of EU aquaculture, will encourage Member States and stakeholders to support the increase in organic production in this sector.

Improve sustainability

Finally, it also aims to further improve organic farming's performance in terms of sustainability. To achieve this, actions will focus on improving animal welfareensuring the availability of organic seedsreducing the sector's carbon footprint, and minimising the use of plastics, water and energy.

The Commission also intends to increase the share of research and innovation (R&I) and dedicate at least 30% of the budget for research and innovation actions in the field of agriculture, forestry and rural areas to topics specific to or relevant for the organic sector.

The Commission will closely monitor progress through a yearly follow-up with representatives of the European Parliament, Member States and stakeholders, through bi-annual progress reports and a mid-term review.

Members of the College said

Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said: “Agriculture is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss, and biodiversity loss is a major threat to agriculture. We urgently need to restore balance in our relationship with nature. This is not something farmers face alone, it involves the whole food chain. With this Action Plan, we aim to boost demand for organic farming, help consumers make informed choices, and support European farmers in their transition. The more land we dedicate to organic farming, the better the protection of biodiversity in that land and in surrounding areas.

Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, said: “The organic sector is recognised for its sustainable practices and use of resources, giving its central role in achieving the Green Deal objectives. To achieve the 25% of organic farming target, we need to ensure that demand drives the growth of the sector while taking into account the significant differences between each Member State's organic sectors. The organic Action Plan provides tools and ideas to accompany a balanced growth of the sector. The development will be supported by the Common Agricultural Policy, research and innovation as well as close cooperation with key actors at EU, national and local level.

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “Organic farming provides many benefits to the environment, contributing to healthy soils, reducing pollution of air and water, and improving biodiversity. At the same time, with demand growing faster than production over the last decade, the organic sector brings economic benefits to its players. The new Organic farming Action Plan will be a crucial instrument to set the path to achieve the targets of 25% of agricultural area under organic farming and of significant increase of organic aquaculture enshrined in the Biodiversity and the Farm to Fork Strategies. In addition to that, the new Strategic Guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture to be adopted by the Commission soon, will promote organic aquaculture further.

Background

The Action Plan takes into account the results of the public consultation held between September and November 2020, which attracted a total of 840 replies from stakeholders and citizens.

It is an initiative announced in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, published in May 2020. These two strategies were presented in the context of the European Green Deal to enable the transition to sustainable food systems and to tackle the key drivers of biodiversity loss.

In the recommendations to Member States on their CAP strategic plans published in December 2020, the Commission included the target of a 25% organic area in the EU by 2030. Member States are invited to set national values for this target in their CAP plans. Based on their local conditions and needs, Member States will then explain how they plan to achieve this target using CAP instruments.

The Commission presented its proposals for the CAP reform in 2018, introducing a more flexible, performance and results-based approach that takes into account local conditions and needs, while increasing EU level ambitions in terms of sustainability. The new CAP is built around nine objectives, which is also the basis upon which EU countries design their CAP strategic plans.

 


Photo by: European Commission 2021

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