European Organic Awards 2022
Awards recognising excellence in the organic value chain in the EU. These awards will be awarded for the first time in 2022.
What are the European Organic Awards?
The annual European Organic Awards are dedicated to rewarding European actors who greatly contribute to enhancing, developing, and stimulating the organic value chain. Aimed to reward European organic excellence, the EU organic awards scheme comprises 7 categories and 8 awards:
- Best organic farmer (female and male)
- Best organic city
- Best organic region
- Best organic bio-district
- Best organic SME
- Best organic food retailer
- Best organic restaurant
The awards will be awarded for the first time at the EU Organic Day on 23 September 2022.
The awards are jointly organised in the European spirit by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, IFOAM Organics Europe and COPA-COGECA.
Why EU awards for organic food and farming?
Making an impact…
Organic food and farming have direct positive effects on our climate, the environment, biodiversity, and animal welfare and are rooted in four principles: care, health, ecology and fairness.
In support of this, any increase in organic production contributes to lower use of fertilizers, chemical pesticides, and antimicrobials. Due to the reduced or non-existing input, organic food and farming enhances biodiversity compared to conventionally managed fields. At the same time, organic sustains the health of soils and plants, building ecological and sustainable cycles whilst reducing the environmental impacts and ensuring fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.
… as recognised in the EU Green Deal & strategies realising it
Organic production has also been identified as playing a key role in the achievement of the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy and the Biodiversity strategy. For this reason, the Commission has defined a target of 25% of EU agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 and a significant increase in organic aquaculture.
Moreover, to stimulate organic production and consumer demand for organic products the Commission has adopted the Action Plan for the Development of Organic Production in March 2021, aiming at increasing public awareness of the characteristics and benefits of organic production.
For this purpose, the Action Plan includes the launch of annual awards recognising excellence in the organic value chain. They aim to reward the best and most innovative organic actors, contributing to the reduction of agriculture’s impact on the environment and climate, and to the achievement of EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies.
How can I apply?
Applications for the 2022 EU Organic Awards are now closed. If you have developed and implemented, or you are still implementing, an excellent, innovative, sustainable and replicable project for organic production in the EU, consider applying next year!
We invite you to visit the European Commission’s website, where you will find more information about the awards, the different categories, application procedure, and eligibility criteria.
Did you check the Commission’s website but still have questions or inquiries? Contact the organising partners:
- Best organic farmer (male) EUorganicawards@organicseurope.bio and best organic farmer (female) EUorganicawards@copa-cogeca.eu
- Best organic city, region or bio-district: EUorganicawards@cor.europa.eu
- Best organic SME, food retailer or restaurant:EUorganicawardsEESC@eesc.europa.eu
When submitting your information to the EU Organic Awards, us and the other organising partners will have to collect and process some data. Read the privacy statement explaining why and how your personal data will be used in the context of the awards. This document is specifically intended for applicants in the Best Organic Farmer (female & male) category.
This statement is available for each application category in the respective application forms.