Webinar on the organic approach to plant health

How organic agriculture can lead the way to a 50% reduction in pesticide use & risks

16 Nov
16 Nov

On 16 November, from 10:30-12:00, MEP Eric Andrieu (S&D) will co-host our webinar on the organic approach to plant health in a pesticide reduction perspective. As the European Commission is finalising its proposal for a revised Sustainable Use of pesticides Directive (SUD), this webinar comes at a good time.

Book your virtual seat and register by 14 November. Late registrations are not possible.

Tune in to get answers to questions like:

  • What are the challenges to implement and develop the organic approach to plant health in the EU?
  • How can EU policies support the development of this unique approach to plant health to achieve a 50% reduction in the use and risks of pesticides by 2030, as set out in the Farm to Fork strategy?

There will be simultaneous interpretations in English and French. Further information on programme and registration will follow soon. IFOAM Organics Europe members will find early information on our member extranet.

Revised Sustainable Use of pesticides Directive (SUD) expected early 2022

With the Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission has set out an ambitious framework for developing a sustainable food system for the EU, including a target to reduce the use and risks of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030. The key role of organic agriculture in this transition has been recognised by also setting a target to achieve 25% of agricultural land under organic area by 2030.

In early 2022, the European Commission will present a proposal for a revised Sustainable Use of pesticides Directive (SUD), which is currently the main EU instrument to reduce the impact of pesticides on human health and the environment. According to the Farm to Fork strategy, this will be one of the main tools to reach the Farm to Fork’s target on pesticide reduction, in particular by strengthening provisions for Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Organic and other integrated approaches lead the way

A successful reduction of synthetic pesticide use needs to be well-prepared. Alternative approaches such as organic agriculture – but also IPM, biocontrol and agroecology – can lead the way towards an agrifood system free of synthetic pesticides provided that the entire political framework enables their development.

As the Commission finalises its proposal on the revised SUD, it is relevant to discuss the challenges and policy options to enable pesticide reduction strategies based on effective and ready-to-use alternative approaches, such as organic farming.

Picture credits: Jutta Kienzle

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