Solidarity with Ukrainian organic farmers during European conference

At the opening of the European Organic Contress today, representatives of the Ukrainian organic sector declared that Ukraine’s recovery should not be a return to pre-war status, but a full rebuilding and integration into European society based on the principles of sustainability. development and taking into account the European Green Pact.

War shows vulnerability of intensive production
Speaking on behalf of the Ukrainian members of IFOAM Organics Europe, Kateryna Shor: “The recycling of the Ukrainian food production system must be based on agro-ecological principles. We understand that food security comes first in Ukraine as well as in the rest of the world. But “The war in Ukraine demonstrates the fragility of intensive production and long supply chains. We have seen that large livestock farms are not only an easy target for air strikes and artillery, but are also very vulnerable to power outages and supply chain outages. “

“Long food chains also make the food system very sensitive to potential obstacles in long-distance supply chains, increased production costs and increased food resource consumption and CO2 footprints. The transition to local and sustainable food systems can provide stable revenues for local producers, lower CO2 and food prices. “improve the quality of food and improve food safety at local and regional level. We are very grateful to the producers who continue to operate organically despite the difficult situation. And we want them, please support!”

Preparation for the post-war period
Philippe Lassalle St-Jean, President of Interbio Nouvelle-Aquitaine continued: “Together with the European, national and regional levels, we want to express our strong solidarity with the Ukrainian organic sector, to farmers and to the companies that need production and The Ukrainian delegation is our guest here in Bordeaux, and we support the Organic Initiative platform, which collects the funding and the detailed requests from the organic operators from Ukraine, and we believe that we should already be prepared for maintain and develop organic production in the country and jointly achieve the European targets of 25% organic land by 2030 “.

Crisis should spur a more resilient food system
Eduardo Cuoco, Director of IFOAM Organics Europe, added: “The ecological movement deplores and rejects calls to suspend environmental legislation and forget about climate change and the loss of biodiversity due to this war. This crisis, like the pandemic before and other crises to come , should strengthen the EU’s willingness to make our food system more resilient, in line with planetary boundaries and to rebalance our economic model with nature. fairer, healthier, more knowledge-intensive and based on shorter supply chains European countries should better support this transition to agro-ecology instead of trying to create an agro-industrial model of protection that is vulnerable and heavily dependent on global im port and exports, fossil fuels fuels and non-circular inputs. “

He continues: “The EU ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy sets the right medium- and long-term goals to ensure food security in an uncertain and volatile world and remains the only relevant policy direction to transform our food system. Shorter and better structured supply chains can Reducing speculation and price volatility. Relocation and redistribution of our food production system, combined with changes in diet and declining livestock intensity, may reduce dependence on imports of grains and legumes for animal feed, as emphasized in transitional agro-ecology scenarios. “

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