The European Commission launches Action Plan for organic production

The Action Plan for the development of organic production puts forward 23 actions structured around 3 axes – boosting consumption while maintaining consumer trust, increasing production, and further improving the sustainability of the sector – to ensure balanced growth of the sector. To do this, the Commission will invest in research and innovation in different areas such as the preservation and use of genetic resources, pre-breeding and breeding activities, and the availability of organic seeds. Developing alternative approaches to contentious inputs and plant protection products via research and innovation is another key area. To enable such research, the Action Plan establishes that the Commission intends to allocate at least 30% of the Horizon Europe funding for agriculture, forestry, and rural areas to topics relevant for the organic sector. In addition, Horizon Europe will continue offering opportunities for supporting research and innovation in the area of organic aquaculture.

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