Representing organic at Bucharest Leaders’ Summit – The role of organic in the EU Green Deal
On 10 November 2022, our Director Eduardo Cuoco joined the Bucharest Leaders’ Summit via livestream. During a session on sustainable agriculture – digitalization, technology and food security, Eduardo talked about the role of organic farming in the EU Green Deal.
He introduced the risks the current agrifood system poses, such as biodiversity loss, land degradation and the socioeconomic challenges they entail. He then presented the European Commission’s reply to these challenges: The European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy realising the Green Deal’s food system’s pillar. In his speech, Eduardo focused on goal of 25% organic land by 2030 put forward in the Farm to Fork Strategy, explaining organic’s crucial role in making the agrifood system more resilient and sustainable and less dependent on external inputs. This isa timely notion because the war in Ukraine is showing us our agrifood system’s fragility.
Our Director concluded his speech by remarking that Romania has a great potential to deliver on the EU Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy. He underlined the benefits of organic from both an environmental and a socioeconomic point of view and encouraged the audience to ask for national governments’ support in developing of national organic action plans.
The Bucharest Leaders’ Summer is organised by the Press Group MediaUno together with the Romanian Institute of Statistics with the support of the Department for Sustainable Development of the Romanian Government.