Organic operators can apply for EU Organic Awards until 8 June 2022
In 2022, the European Commission organises the first edition of the annual European Organic Awards. These 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 consist of 7 categories and 8 awards.
Organic farmers play a crucial role in the growth of the sector, and this role is firmly recognised in the EU Organic Awards. Two categories are specifically dedicated to farmers: one for the best male organic farmer, and another for the best female farmer. The awards also celebrate the entire value chain, with categories for best organic SME (including processors), best organic food retailer, and best organic restaurant. In the final three categories, the role of the wider community is recognized, with awards for best organic city, best organic region and best organic bio-district.
The application period was officially opened on March 25 2022, marking the anniversary of the European Organic Action Plan and in line with its aim to raise awareness of organic production and increase the demand for organic products. As a true pan-European collaborative venture, the organic awards partners, namely the European Commission, IFOAM Organics Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, and COPA-COGECA, will identify the best organic projects developed within Europe and award them on a dedicated ceremony taking place on the EU Organic Day, 23 September 2022.
Until 8 June you can apply for the organic awards! Your project could be the winner, receive wider visibility and inspire many practitioners to make the switch to organic and be part of the solution to many crises we are facing, including food security, biodiversity, and climate crises.