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UK voice in Europe
Sue Fowler, Director of OCW, participated in a meeting of the UK branch of the IFOAM EU group which met at the Natural and Organic Products show at Olympia on Monday 12 April. The meeting was held there to draw in new companies so that the UK could take advantage of the IFOAM EU group office in Brussels and influence policy through that route. The IFOAM EU group is discussing the CAP post 2013 and the UK group agreed this should be the focus of the next meeting.
As well as providing an essential forum for dialogue within the UK, the group strengthens UK messages to Brussels. This meeting discussed multi-tiered poultry housing systems and agreed a common position on 'out of soil' organic food production. The group also agreed that the ban on the use of sewage in organic systems should be reviewed.
Other issues were discussed:
• Peter Melchett's letter to Hilary Benn and the Minister's reply
• The production of vitamins from GM derivatives
• Carbon sequestration and organic systems
Finally the Chair, Christopher Stopes, who is also the EU group president, asked for feedback from companies in relation to the requirement to use the EU logo from July this year. (For further information see OCW's factsheet or ask your Control body).
If you have views on any of these items or wish to hear more of the discussion, contact OCW.
There are two European IFOAM conferences coming up: one on the Green New Deal on 7 June in Madrid, and the other on the EU regulation on 21-22 June in Rome. Details
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