Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to UN projections, meaning food production will have to double to meet nutritional needs.
In an effort to rise to this challenge, the new CAP for the period 2014-2020 is focused on innovation as well as environmental protection.
And organic farming will have a key role to play. It is recognised as an innovative and sustainable approach that produces high-quality food, whilst contributing to the environment, animal welfare and rural development.
But it won’t be enough to meet the challenge, according to the European Commission.
“Organic farming could certainly not address on its own the vast and perplexing issue of future food security,” said the EU spokesperson.
“The organic market, initially a niche market which grew bigger over the last decade gaining consumers’ confidence, managed to multiply by four its market share. Organics have undoubtedly a role to play in addressing food security, as a system which produces food that respects natural life cycles and the environment,” the EU source added.
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