LAW ON THE ORGANIC: “HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY, ITALY DOES NOT LOSE IT” – Economy

LAW ON THE ORGANIC: “HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY, ITALY DOES NOT LOSE IT” – Economy
LAW ON THE ORGANIC: “HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY, ITALY DOES NOT LOSE IT” – Economy

“Must hurry”. The appeal of Maria Grazia Mammuccini (in the photo), president of FederBio, stems from the hope that Italy will not miss a historic opportunity. Only one last step is missing for the organic law to be a reality, after years of waiting. The bill was approved by the Senate last May 20 with 195 votes in favor, one against and one abstention. Now the law is back in the House, where it was passed with a bipartisan vote now two years ago. “But the final green light of …

“Must hurry”. The appeal of Maria Grazia Mammuccini (in the photo), president of FederBio, stems from the hope that Italy will not miss a historic opportunity. Only one last step is missing for the organic law to be a reality, after years of waiting. The bill was approved by the Senate last May 20 with 195 votes in favor, one against and one abstention. Now the law is back in the House, where it was passed in a bipartisan vote two years ago. “But the final green light of the regulation – the alarm launched by FederBio together with the other associations in the sector, Aiab and AssoBio – could be hindered at various levels, especially by the raising of shields of a part of the scientific world on the equalization of organic with biodynamic. A controversy that has little reason to be “. Mammuccini starts from a certainty. “The law constitutes an opportunity for Italian agriculture, already a leader in Europe and in the world for organic production”.

A regulatory tool “is essential to support the agroecological transition and allow Italy to align with the ambitious objectives of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity 2030 strategies”. That is to triple the area under organic cultivation and to reduce the use of pesticides and antibiotics by 50% and that of fertilizers by 20% by 2030. With an agricultural area used by 15.8%, against a European average of 7.8% , in the last ten years the organic sector has registered double-digit growth trends in Italy. Organic surfaces, about 2 million hectares, increased by 79%, while farms, which currently number over 80 thousand, by 69%. Data that according to FederBio “confirm a transformation in the way food is produced and consumed”.

This is why now “the Chamber must definitively approve the provision quickly – observes Mammuccini – in order to be able to seize all the opportunities of this phase of strategic change. The law arrives at the right moment, after a short time. from the adoption of the European action plan for organic farming, drawn up in implementation of the Farm to fork strategy, and to the start of the drafting process of the national strategic plan of the CAP. develop a national action plan for organic farming “. The law provides for the possibility of registering the ‘Made in Italy’ organic brand and establishing organic districts.

Giuseppe Catapano

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