Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Organic class system

"EU organic farmers have had difficulty selling organic food in different EU countries as there is a patchwork of national and private logos that can be costly and complicated to obtain. There are currently two labelling categories in the EU: a "gold standard" where organic ingredients comprise at least 95 percent of the final product, and "emphasized labelling" where there is at least 70 percent organic material.The agreement on new rules came the same day the EU statistics agency Eurostat said that organic farming has more than doubled its share of European agricultural land since 1998. Demand for food produced without artificial pesticides or fertilizers has been growing among Europeans following food scares and worries over biotechnology." (Thanks Yasmine)

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