21/03/2022

Expert on recycled fertilisers? Join our Task Force on Recycled Fertilisers

IFOAM Organics Europe’s Board created a Task Force on Recycled Fertilisers. This decision comes in the context of the “Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan” (INMAP) that will be developed by the European Commission, in coordination with Members States. The action plan is expected to be published by the end of 2022.

The INMAP will propose actions at EU level to improve management of the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles and stimulate the market for recovered nutrients. This is an opportunity for the organic sector to start discussions on identifying criteria for acceptance of recycled fertilisers in organic farming. These discussions are even more crucial as the EU seeks to reduce its dependence on Russia for synthetic nitrogen fertilisers, due to the war in Ukraine.

The work of the Task Force should contribute to:

  • Defining a common position of the organic movement on additional sources of recycled inputs compatible with the principles of organic farming. This would allow the INMAP to integrate the necessary tools to support the growth of the organic sector towards the target set by the Farm to Fork strategy – 25% of EU area under organic production by 2030;
  • Drafting a list of the recycled inputs accepted by the organic sector; and
  • A draft position paper presenting these results.

Eventually, the objective will also be to include the list of recycled inputs accepted by the organic sector in Annex II of Regulation (EU) 2021/1165.

We would like to encourage members of IFOAM Organics Europe to submit their application and be a part of this process to influence the future of organic farming. We are looking for participants with hands-on knowledge and experience on fertilisers in agriculture and organic farming.

Consult the Terms of Reference on the member extranet and apply via the online application form by 8 April. Contact membership@organicseurope.bio for access rights (issues). For information about what you can gain from being a member, read our membership page and contact membership@organicseurope.bio.

For more information on fertilisers and IFOAM Organics Europe’s work on this issue, please contact mathilde.calmels@organicseurope.bio.

 
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